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Newcastle Sweating Again On Even More Injuries

9:30 am, Monday, November 23rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

According to Newcastle United are still top of the injury league and at the moment we are said to have ten players out injured and a new player out after Saturday is defensive midfielder Cheick Tiote.

We were told last Friday that Gabby Obertan is out for four months with a hamstring problem after being operated on in France.

Cheick was coming into some good form but he was given a hospital ball by Daryl Janmaat after 23 minutes on Saturday and in trying to win the ball it seems his groin went and while he tried to continue he couldn’t – to his obvious frustration.

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Cheick Tiote – injured his groin on Saturday

We also have some long term injuries with Tim Krul and Steve Taylor will not be fit until next year.

So Steven is having yet another injury ravaged season and we’ll likely win the league again this season – at least as far as injuries go.

It was a good that Vurnon Anita stepped up the plate on Saturday, but we were still thrashed by a good Leicester City side and the attitude of some of our players is starting to be a concern.

Yet again we fail to turn up for a game and this was in front of over 50,000 fanes at home.

🙁 🙁 🙁

Steve McClaren said losing Cheick was a blow:

“That was a big blow for us,” “We are not making excuses, but we have obviously already got Colback out.”

“Once we lost Cheick, there were not a lot of midfield options.” “With Tiote there, we felt quite stable, especially because Vurnon Anita was probably the only one out of the whole group who did their job.”

“He was at the right level.” “Losing Cheick opened the game up too much, especially against a Leicester team who like to play that way.”

“We will have a look at Cheick in next few days, but hope it is not too serious.”

It doesn’t help that Jack Colback isn’t due back until mid-December and Wijnaldum played in Cheick’s position on Saturday, but that took away his obvious threat and creativity up front.

Here is the current injury league which gives one point every time a player is not available through injury for a Premier League game.

injury league nov 23 2015

Injuries are again damaging Newcastle’s season big time – but what’s new?

It’s a pity we seem to be doing nothing about it.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Cheick Tiote · Coaching · Injuries · Newcastle News · Premier League

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Nov 23, 2015 at 9:34 AM

  • 2 SuperShearer // Nov 23, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    I honestly believe the only way for this club to turn things around is to be relegated again. I don’t want it to happen but there’s so much deadwood and I include players, staff and owner in that.

    What I saw on Saturday was appalling. We were terrible. People saying Mitro was terrible, it’s true he was but when he is so isolated and we fire long balls up to him what can he do? He’s got no support to feed off his knock-downs.

    I wasn’t angry watching on Saturday, I was despondent. And in realising that I understand how far my love for this great club has fallen in recent years.

  • 3 nut meg // Nov 23, 2015 at 9:40 AM


    The goals against column over the last 3/4 years should have set the alarm bells ringing loud and clear.Instead, it’s been totally ignored by the people who don’t either know or who are not allowed to build a team WITH proper foundations.Shame on everyone involved in the running of this once great club who are now, along with the whole fan base are watching it sink deeper & deeper into the sand in which it is built.

  • 4 Lew Davies // Nov 23, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    For a squad that has strength in depth, a few injuries isn’t a problem.
    For a squad run by dead heads on a minimum shoe string, its always gonna hurt.
    reap what you sow fat man

  • 5 Jib // Nov 23, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    OH MY GOD !!!

    Clarence Seedorf in secret talks with Newcastle!!!

  • 6 jimiley // Nov 23, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    We need to keep blind faith in Steve and the backroom staff. There is nobody else. Definite signs of improvement on Saturday over the Bournemouth game. Good times could be just around the corner.

  • 7 Ravostag // Nov 23, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    Another sick note

  • 8 BeeGuy // Nov 23, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Wouldn’t it just be easier to buy players already injured? This way no time would be wasted while they put in a few minutes on the pitch to get hurt and retire to the SJP hospital.

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