Newcastle Suffer Another Injury Blow

You can never accuse Newcastle of having a handle on the injuries we pick up every season – and at the moment we are top of the injuries with ten players out injured and we´re above Crystal Palace, West Ham and Liverpool who all have eight players out.

We also notice that pundits are saying that one reason Manchester United are struggling this season is that they have had so many injuries this season – but we´ve had more – and that happens every season.

Papiss Cisse in action against Aston Villa

So how much does our injuries affect how high we can finish in the Premier League?

A lot – but why don´t we do something about it?

This is not rocket science.

And news from yesterday that Papiss Cisse will be on the sidelines for a few weeks with the groin injury he picked up in the Aston Villa game.

This is what Newcastle manager Steve McClaren told the press yesterday:

“It was always a long shot for Papiss Cisse to play against Everton. (he didn´t).” “It’s going to be quite a few weeks. Mitro also had an ankle injury and was just passed fit.”

“Ayoze’s been doing well, so we’ll give him the opportunity today.”

The worst case scenario for Cisse is that he could be missing all of January.

It would seem to be a good time to bring in another striker in January.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Dec 27, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1

    Last repost, Ed’s awakening (or some software or whatever), can’t keep up, so I’m off:

    From that point of view, you’re absolutely right: The buck stops here, as they say over at Ed’s end.

    You’re also probably right as I switched off the TV as the ball was going in. Did not patiently analyse that goal at all, so hats off 🙂

    well said all the way. Also agree on that Elliott, this guy is VERY good. On coming games, we could (or could not) take points from those teams. It’s a crazy PL, best in its history TBH. Hope we aren’t its victims, but lots of surprises coming up.

    Arsenal got thumped?!’

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 27, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2

    So why not start with Perez and de Jong, or Thauvin. One dimensional thinking.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 27, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Yes it was cruel yesterday but let’s be honest have we improved at all under SM?

    The answer has to be an overwhelming no.
    Compared to AP and JC have any of the following gone away:-

    1) Long balls – check
    2) No pass and move – check
    3) Player in possession left isolated – check
    4) Players played out of possession – check
    5) Huge percentage of games surrendering possession, even when playing at home. – check
    6) favourites still played – check

    etc etc.

    We are as far away now from playing free flowing, exciting attacking pass and move football as we ever were.

    Selling Abeid and Kemen, alienating Aarons and to some degree Perez, appointing Colo as captain, playing Wijni (especially) out of position, not rescuing Janmatt from a red car at Swansea, the list of SM’s cock ups goes on and on.

    We are sleepwalking towards relegation. Nothing new is being tried like a 343 or 352. Our only tactic seems to be hit and hope to Mitro who right now couldn’t hit a barn door.

    The only plus I can find for SM is that he is not as vile a character as AP or JC, but even that is looking suspect with his endless judge me after 10 games, then 15, then end of the season comments!!

  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #4

    bad owner,bad management bad players =relegation

  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    is he in this dimension

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 27, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Beer…ling time no see 🙂

    I think that feeling is natural, but it’s only because we lasted that long.

    Everton should have been up 2-0 at halftime. This bitter taste comes from almost riding it out. But what kind of stand is that anyway?

    Turn it around and put on a blue shirt and ask the exact same question.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #7

    It was an odd game in that I thought that if we lost, Everton deserved to win, and if we got a draw, we kind of deserved the draw with the amount of last ditch blocks we got.

    Sitting back and waiting for Everton to attack us did not work. We were hardly in the Gallowgate when attacking it. It started to become a bit more end-to-end in the second half because of a slight mental and physical fatigue compared to the first half, and both realised they needed to win.

    The pressing we were doing against Liverpool is what I think we should be doing each game, as a minimum – right on the defenders, who are usually the worst in possession on the pitch; get them to make an error by forcing them to hit it early and panic in possession.

    I’m not a fan of just sitting back. It looks lethargic, you’re not building on in-game routine of maintaining possession from game to game, and in the short-term, passes can become slack in-game from lack of volume of touches, and this was at home!!

  • JamesToon

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #8

    Major problem with the squad is that there is way too much quantity and not quality. Too much “French potential” it’s BS doesbt work unless you have quality players like Arsenal do to complement them

    Not enough British heart who have the stomach to get us out of this mess. I’d rather have 11 championship quality English players than this lot at the moment.

    The likes of West Ham, Leicester Swansea, Watford now, and even Bournemouth have overtaken us. Why? Because they have a plan, a good policy of buying players and good coaching and management. Take Bournemouth for example, they are on the verge of completing a loan for Juan Iturbe with a £16,2m permanent fee! When they were losing a lot of the time at the start of the season and we’re getting very unlucky (our game against them was a prime example) pundits were saying Eddie Howe would have to change his philosophy, but they didn’t and carried on and now they are getting results. At the start of the season, it was clear that SM and Cathro had a possession based attacking philosophy set out, it looked like we had a plan etc however we weren’t getting results and what do we do? We changed again ffs, especially yesterday, it just looked like the same old Pardew hoof ball. The bottom line is is that there is no philosophy, consistency or plan, at least any more now

  • Jib

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #9

    The French press this Sunday is full of stories about NUFC being interested in Steve Mandanda the Marseilles 30 year old goalie and captain !!!!

    I personally don’t see a goalie as a priority unless Elliot is more fragile than it appears !

  • rowly

    Dec 27, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #10

    We still need a striker IMO. The only attacking quality at the moment is from Gini and sissoko. While Perez and mitro have potential, that’s all they have and neither will end the season with 10 goals. I think we should spend 20 million on a class act similar to what Everton did with lukaku and then we will be fine. Sissoko is providing excellent service, Gini popping up from deep, perhaps Aaron’s or Townsend from the left and a top quality striker would put us as a top half side. I don’t know who the striker is though, maybe Bony will be available?

  • rowly

    Dec 27, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #11

    Or remy


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