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One Player Back – Four Players Out With Hamstring Injuries

3:57 pm, Friday, December 18th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Hamstring injuries have been the bane of Newcastle United for a long time going back even before Graeme Souness was the manager.

When Graeme was Newcastle manager from September 2004 through February of 2006 he thought it was the training pitches at Benton that were the reason for the players picking up so many hamstring injuries.

Well – it still is with eight players not available for tomorrow’s game and four of them have hamstring injuries.

Tim Krul has his ACL knee injury and is out for the season, Curtis Good is still out with that hip problem he’s had since making his debut for Australia in March of last year.

Steve McClaren Press Conference Newcastle United

Steve McClaren – gave his press conference today

Rolando Aarons is still not ready with his ankle injury unfortunately and Massadio Haidara will be out about four months with his knee injury.

Steven Taylor, Gabriel Obertan, Mike Williamson and Jamaal Lascelles are all out with hamstring strains and it looks like all of those were picked up during training.

Maybe Graeme was onto something when he said it was the pitches?

Manu Riviere has apparently been fit for about six weeks but cannot make the squad, so he will very likely be sold in January.

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Cheick Tiote – fit again

Along with Remy Cabella – Riviere has been another poor signing Newcastle (Graham Carr) made 18 months ago.

The good news today is that Cheick Tiote is fit again and recovered from his groin strain.

Steve McClaren in his press conference today has talked about Cheick being fit and that Villa are no pushover:

Cheick Tiote has trained all week so will come into the squad but, that aside, it’s the same squad.

We’re sixth in the form guide over the last eight games. Consistency is key and getting consistent performance is a platform.

Villa is a totally different game. I’ve watched them three or four times and they have very good players.” How Villa are only on six points, I don’t know because they have very good players.

Let’s not get expectations high. We have to do exactly what we have been doing to get results.” The key is us and the crowd. The key word tomorrow for everybody is patience.

Aston Villa is an opportunity and a challenge to kick on and go on. Can we take it? Are we ready to do it?

Aston Villa lost their last game against Arsenal at home in the first half but looked much better in the final 45 minutes and we think they will give us a tough game.

Things are set for Newcastle to have a massive let-down by losing this game when everything looks so upbeat after two great wins.

We really hope that doesn’t happen.

Here’s hoping.

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Tags: Cheick Tiote · Coaching · Injuries · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League · Press Conference

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Dec 18, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Tsunki // Dec 18, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    How endearing to see the object of someone’s undying affection being steadfastly defended, and the very idea that bad publicity has any effect on the revered personage of the adorable Mr Michael Ashley being roundly eschewed. I noticed this exchange earlier –

    ?Average_Contents // Dec 18, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Who said he’s impervious to pressure? He is a law unto himself but obviously there’s been that much bad publicity and no doubt pressure applied by other shareholders that they’ve had to react.?

    Jib // Dec 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    I think Ashley is more responsive to the City , than unions and lefty newspapers. ?

    So, Ray/Jeff/etc., I wonder if you could wipe away the clouds on this particular query, namely, who is it, if not Unions and ‘lefty’ newspapers, that brings the highlighted misdemeanours of SD and it’s Supremo to the attention of the ‘ City’? Perhaps you know of a whistle-blower scheme that Mike has installed, or some other charitable concern for his workers welfare that he has set up? We’re all ears.

  • 3 Tsunki // Dec 18, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Mr T – I claim.copyright for suggesting yesterday his highness might be approached for the Chelsea hot seat, so you will have me to than if it happens! Don’t say I do nothing for you.

  • 4 Tsunki // Dec 18, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    When we’re losing we have the depth of despair, Head in hands McLaren, and of course after winning we have the joyful, skipping happy McLaren but because we are going into a match with a determined vision and goal, I notice we have steely-gazed, purposeful McLaren pics today.

  • 5 Tsunki // Dec 18, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Voted Draw because I think villa will see this as a must win if they are going to stay up this year. They know if they fail there aren’t enough poorer teams they can beat to stay afloat. So they will dig in and try to at least get the point. Hope we stuff them though, and I hear “Cheer up, Randy Lerner, oh what can it mean to a, sad Brummie etc..”


  • 6 Toon Tang // Dec 18, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    **This page is for tsunki’s memoirs, no one else is allowed to post here**

  • 7 Tsunki // Dec 18, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Thank you Toon Tang.

  • 8 Ian Toon // Dec 18, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Tsunki – Are you still around?

  • 9 Toon Tang // Dec 18, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    You’re welcome tsunki, although wor Ian didnt heed my warning hahaa

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