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Newcastle Have Even More Injury Problems

6:28 pm, Monday, December 28th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 42 Comments

This season is turning out to be an even worse season for injuries for Newcastle than last season and that was one of the worst we’ve seen in a long long time.

Vurnon Anita was taken off with a hamstring problem in the first half and after the game Steve McClaren has said it looks like a bad one.


Vurnon Anita – taken off with a hamstring problem

And according to Newcastle continue at the top of the injury league with 11 players out injured with Rob Elliot is also down as being sick.

We don’t seem to have done anything about finding out we pick up so many injuries each season and this could be a factor that could help see us relegated this season.

Steven Taylor is due back fairly soon from his hamstring problem which has kept him out since the end of August.

And Cheick Tiote came in for Vurnon Anita but he is one yellow card away from getting a one game suspension.

The injuries are starting to really affect the teams Newcastle can put out this season.

Here is the current Injury league with one point awarded every time a player is not available for a PL game because of injury.

injury league

We won the injury league easily last year and are well on our way to doing the same thing this year.

injury-league 2014-2015

This is another way in which the club is being very poorly run.

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42 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GeordieTwo // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    I think he does Ron Knee mate. He only cares about a few things as far as the club is concerned. That is the advertising he gets from the televised Prem games, and the TV money. Those two facts are all he cares about. To get both he must keep us in the Prem. He won’t care whether we’re 17th or 7th as long as we stay up. He will panic spend in January as he has done previously. But the club means little to him other than advertising.

  • 2 mindshaft // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Scores on the door – Sissoko flatters to deceive , Darlow terrible, Colback terrible, Mitro is worse than Heskey

    Darlow 3
    Janmaat 6
    Mbemba 7
    Collo 8
    Dummett 6
    Sissoko 5
    Anita 7
    Colback 4
    Gini 5
    Perez 6
    Mitrovic 2

    Schteve 1

  • 3 MacToon // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Here you go Lilo, as close as I can (be bothered) to McClaren’s words. I’d rather have missed them and had a few bevvies down the pub though.
    “I thought we started ever so well”
    “I think the ref got the decision wrong about the penalty”
    “A lot of effort, great attitude” about last 2 games
    “We need all the squad, we’re getting thin……If we keep showing that fight, that attitude……. if we keep it up we’ll be ok”
    “I think we’ve been very unlucky in the last 2 game, the performances are there”
    “We’ve got another half a season to go, we’ve had the first half, was disappointing, the second half we want to be better”

  • 4 manxpie // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Ffs!!!!! Aaàaaaàaaaahhhhggg the change to who exactly! !!!?
    Feskin hell! Have none of you learned anything under Ashley! !!!! And his 8 years?
    If in January the crowd are all calling for the managers head I seriously give up

  • 5 Ron Knee // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:35 PM


    With Charmless and Carr to do the panic buying! God help us!

  • 6 welshgeordie9 // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:36 PM


    From previous post, can’t see the two of them going down.

  • 7 GeordieTwo // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Pathetic excuses from McLaren but the real culprit is Ashley. He has brought a culture of incompetence to the club and the lackeys he has hired demonstrate that. Fools who no other club would have. Who would hire Charnley? What has McLaren done in England since his Middlesbrough days? He is perfect for Ashley. Completely useless and full of excuses just like Ashley himself.

  • 8 jane // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    at least Norwich won’t be playing Villa at home every week. grasp straw. oh yeah we didn’t win that one 😐

  • 9 mindshaft // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Not sure what Schteve was smoking, started well, we’ll be okay if we show effort … man we need a CB, a striker and a creative mid immediately – desperately need to unload some of the worse players we’ve had in our prem history

  • 10 Mister Tuff // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Manx – not suggesting anything but as the IOM is relatively quite small and most folk know each other, did you know Ray Teret – he was from the IOM. (he was Jimmy Savilles driver).

  • 11 Jib // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    That’s what I mean
    It could soon be make your mind up time

  • 12 Mister Tuff // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Woah – see Jib is playing substitute Jane.

  • 13 jane // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    GeordieTwo we know your thoughts on Ashley but you don’t have to tell us every 2 minutes please.

  • 14 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Mitro worst on the park? Far from the best, but the only good attacking play was through him. Once again we leave him high and dry by creating nothing for him.

    Laughable. There was little to praise. We played into their hands by narrowing the pitch. If he can’t see that, and admit mistakes, time has to be up. Sadly, nobody on the board has the knowledge to say he got it wrong, except maybe McClaren, who isn’t likely to advocate his own sacking….

  • 15 manxpie // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Lol tuff nah thank god by the sounds of things knew Norman wisdom tho and rick wakeman watched me play footy once lol

  • 16 Jib // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Mr Tuff
    The population of the Isle of Man is approx the same as Wigan.
    Have you any idea how stupid your question is ?

  • 17 GeordieTwo // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Time to bow out for the evening and let Jib/Jane/Jeff take over with his football expertise and his classic WUM statements. All yours JJJ.

  • 18 BandB // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:47 PM


    I feel your pain.
    But the crowd turning on McClaren is just what will happen if things don’t improve.
    You were right earlier. We have got here by design, trimming, trimming, trimming until now each season is now a game of Russian Roulette.
    Each spin of the chamber has brought us closer to the day it the gun pointing at our heads inevitably goes bang instead of click.

  • 19 NoahJ // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    west brom had 22 shots today- an average of around a shot against us every 4 minutes.

    the main problem in my view is the midfield. anita and colback just not good enough. sissoko can be unstoppable, but is inconsistent; wiji is either amazing or entirely absent. would love to see him as a number 10 just behind mitro or perez.

  • 20 manxpie // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Our defence is actually looking strong for once the midfield is the shocking part but what change is there to make a difference
    maybe thauvin in and sisko or wij in the middle but that doesn’t give me any confidence either we need to make up for shocking investment in previous season’s and quick!

  • 21 Mister Tuff // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Manx – good answer.
    Jib – butt out -stop jumping in you knacker.

  • 22 catchy in norway // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Shteve watched a different game to me today, the only thing he got right in the interview was the pen, we should have got one.

    footballing wise, Jesus man, its Pulis, he is going to go for free kicks corners and long throw ins into the box, you have to play high up the pitch against them and play in there half.

    i thought he got the team all wrong today, he should have rested 1 or 2 players, instead he played right into there hands…..

    my only logical explanation for these games is for Ashley to get his hand in his pocket in jan, but we all know if he is to do that , it will be at the end off the month, not the beginning…..

  • 23 sparky55 // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:52 PM


    Good post…sums it all up very nicely

  • 24 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    West Brim had 22 shots? If that is correct that is a hell of an improvement on their average this season, 8.9 per match, the only club lower than ourselves with 9.1 per match prior to today.

  • 25 MacToon // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    So how many games do we judge McClaren after? After it’s too late or do we just hope and prey he’ll surprise us all?

    Unsurprising it’s looking like same old, same old again under McClaren and as long as Ashley remains can we see it changing? These last two games to me highlight how poor a tactician/manager/coach he actually is.
    I wish there were someone there to stand up to the owner and tell him what a mess he’s making/made of our club but we all know it’ll be a pointless exercise for many reasons. Just ask Ochytoon.

  • 26 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Manx…you are so one dimensional in your critique. You think by removing Ashley everything will be all right! And can it not be done then by all means have the likes of Charnley, McClaren and Carr screw it up even worse!

    If you haven’t noticed yet this club has multiple problems and there is not just one cure.

  • 27 Mister Tuff // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Think the window opens on Friday – so it will be interesting what happens.
    Will anybody decent sign die to our lowly position?
    What will be the standard of those we do sign?
    Will the signings be the missing jigsaw pieces?

    I think we’ll finally be able to judge the clubs intent during this next window – Tubbs is running out of time to deliver on his “Promises”.

  • 28 manxpie // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Oh woah woah bandb gets a good post comment after agreeing with Wat i said lol
    well its true the 3 teams who haven’t invested well over a number of seasons are in the bottom 3 says it all and established prem teams to boot!!

  • 29 MacToon // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Oh, rather than just randomly name dropping, this is Ochytoon’s post I was referring to:

    ochytoon // Dec 28, 2015 at 5:41 PM


    Have you forgotten all the Ashley out protests we’ve had over the years? I seem to remember a lot of them and I also remember that they achieved absolutely nothing. So what’s the point in getting on Ashley’s back for the umpteenth time. It doesn’t bother him and only creates a hostile and negative environment which we really don’t need atm

  • 30 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Surely the football people on the board can explain how poor our Head coach has performed….. Oh, my bad, I forgot we are the only team in the world to put our Head coach and chief scout on to the board….

  • 31 MacToon // Dec 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    It is a crazy set up Lilo and we have one man to thank for it.

  • 32 manxpie // Dec 28, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Jester nah I’m not one dimensional ffs jesus Christ have a look at wat I’m actually saying and have done for a while now!!!
    And then look back at that comment and then apologise thanks in advance!

  • 33 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 28, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Yeah. I agree, people I’ve spoken to at a number of clubs recently don’t. Most say it has been a sh1t show since the 90’s.

    I never argue with that, but I always stick to it being worse now….

  • 34 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 28, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    manxpie // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Ffs!!!!! Aaàaaaàaaaahhhhggg the change to who exactly! !!!?
    Feskin hell! Have none of you learned anything under Ashley! !!!! And his 8 years?
    If in January the crowd are all calling for the managers head I seriously give up

    So you are not saying what we are witnessing is just down to Ashley and we shouldn’t expect more from McClaren?

  • 35 WWSBRD // Dec 28, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    A lot of work to be done early in Jan and very little confidence in it happening

    Holes all over the squad, coaches need a real say in who comes in not just given some import with potential

  • 36 welshgeordie9 // Dec 28, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    I thought there will be a few goals tonight in the man uniteds game.

  • 37 Jib // Dec 28, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Mister Tuff
    Will anybody decent sign die to our lowly position?
    I hope you mean sine die
    The next meeting is 28 December 2059

  • 38 davis_toons // Dec 28, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    What we need is a HERO in the Middle of the Park.

  • 39 ronniegillsbackpage // Dec 28, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Derby are second top of championship . Go figure people !

  • 40 nufcursed // Dec 28, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    poor man’s pardew!
    he could still do better with the players available.
    hek i could manage newcastle better than that useless pr*ck

  • 41 nufcursed // Dec 28, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    also how can mcclaren think we played well the last 2 games??
    we got torn apart by everton at home!
    and outclassed by a poor west brom team!
    football is not defending!
    mcclaren is the dumbest manager i’ve ever seen..
    I SINCERELY HOPE WE GO DOWN as there’s no club who deserves it more than we do

  • 42 toonaus // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:51 AM

    Awesome i hope we get a trophy for finishing top 🙂

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