The injuries Newcastle are picking up this season are even worse than they were last season – which was one of the worst injury records at Newcastle for a long time and we had more injuries than any other club in the Premier League.
There is more bad news today that scans have revealed striker Papiss Cisse will be out for up to three months with the groin injury he picked up in the first half of the home game against Aston Villa.
<em>Papiss Cisse out three months
There has been news lately that Liverpool and Arsenal have picked up lots of injuries lately, but it´s Newcastle who are still top of the injury league with 10 players currently out injured.
In the worst case Cisse could be out until almost April, which is even more reason Newcastle should be signing a good experienced striker this month – but we´ll just have to wait and see who Graham Carr can come up with.
This is what Steve McClaren said yesterday about the striker situation at the club:
“I think if we’d have had Olivier Giroud, we’d have comfortably won the game;” “That’s the difference in football. You’re always searching for that.”
“But unfortunately at the present moment, Riviere is injured, or at least coming back from injury, and Papiss Cisse, who is a goalscorer, is injured for the next two or three months.”
“We’ve got other goalscorers in there. We just need to step up to the plate and start scoring and doing our job.”
McClaren has been waiting on scans about Cisse´s injury, and it looks like the worst fears have been realized and we have another player out with a long term injury.
Frecnh striker Manu Riviere is getting fit again after being out with a knee injury since August.
Steven Taylor has been out since the end of August with a hamstring problem and was available for only three weeks in August of last last year to play competitive football for Newcastle – hopefully should return soon.
18 year-old Adam Armstrong is in fine form at Coventry and could still be recalled after scoring his first ever senior hat-trick at Crew Alexandra on Saturday and he has 16 goals in 22 appearances this season for the Sky Blues.
Last week McCalren said Adam would stay at Coventry for the rest of the season, but Coventry manager Tony Mowbray wasn´t so sure:
“I don’t think it’s rubber-stamped, so we have to be cautious until Newcastle agree everything.”