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Newcastle’s Alarming Injury Crisis – Dummett And Colback Out

3:11 pm, Friday, January 22nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 36 Comments

Injuries have blighted Newcastle for far too long now and this time last season we started to pick up a number of injuries which could still be our downfall this week.

The bad news is that both Paul Dummett and Jack Colback will not be fit for tomorrow’s game so who plays left back we have no idea.

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Paul Dummett – out for tomorrow

This is some of what Steve McClaren has said in his press conference today for the Watford tomorrow:

“We’ve only got four fit defenders, the majority of them are centre-backs. Mbabu, Dummett and Colback are all out.”

“Emmanuel Riviere will be on the bench. There will be no Ivan Toney and no Siem de Jong.”

“We’ve played Watford a couple of times and in the cup we were very unlucky. They haven’t won for a few games and need a win.

“The mood is good. There’s a buoyancy. We’ve not turned the corner yet, we’re not out of the pit but we’re climbing our way out.”

With all the injuries we seem to pick up and the squad being so small, injuries could again cripple our run-in to the season and the powers that be at the club just don’t have the planning talent or capabilities to somehow make the squad larger.

For instance why wouldn’t we sign Steve Harper on a six month deal in case Rob Elliot is injured in the run-in?

Or keep Mike Williamson at the club for cover until the summer when his contract runs out?

Newcastle will be selling players before the window closes – so we will again have a paper-thin squad for the final 16 games of the season – not at all dissimilar to last season.

When will they ever learn?

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36 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MadisonToon // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    3-5-2 with wingbacks wouldn’t be a bad shout. Worth trying now given our personnel problems anyway.

    ——Lascelles – Colo – Mbemba—–
    Janmaat ————————-Aarons
    —————Shelvey – Saivet———–

    Lots of different options to try here. Steve must have been practicing something in training and hopefully we’ll see a useful forward-thinking adaptation given the health of the squad. Looking forward to this one.

  • 2 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    one of the 3 to play the left probs goofy to start as he
    will work harder and be fitter

  • 3 Spoof // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:20 PM


    Aarons, that’s interesting, I assume you would be looking at a 3-5-2 formation with Aarons and Janmaat being the wing backs.

  • 4 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    pretty much the same team but see him starting with aarons been out a long time to do that much running

  • 5 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:22 PM


    He’s not gonna leave out Sissoko now is he?

    Think Mbemba will move to LB and Lascelles will come in to CB. Mbemba has been doing a good copycat of Bramble in the last 2 being solely responsible for 3 goals, so maybe it might benefit him anyway having a short change.

  • 6 lesh // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Down to the bones if our asre again?

    When will Ashley tell Charnley to stop pi$$ing about and get some players in to plug the gaps in defence?

    Could we be looking at yet another pointless weekend against Watford?

    Suddenly Mamamoud’s got an €18m get out clause in his contract – was that something that Carr should’ve identified? Unless it’s the lad’s agent trying to screw a few million Euros extra.

    If we do drop, Ashley must surely sack Charnley and Carr.

  • 7 lesh // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    No mention of Mbabu as cover – is he injured too?

  • 8 Spoof // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:24 PM


    We would probably win with that team, but you have selected twelve so we should lol

    and why is nobody selecting Sissoko, he’s not injured is he ?

  • 9 lesh // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    * Mbabu as LB cover?

  • 10 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    lesh…who’s Mamamoud?

  • 11 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    haha….shit forgot about sissoko!…was tryin to suss who could play down left!!!

  • 12 Spoof // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:25 PM


    yes I’m afraid that he is injured as is Anita, another who could have covered at full back

  • 13 Toon_Tom // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    springy – the 12th man is usually the crowd, not Thauvin 😉

  • 14 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    1 of 3 to play the left mate…either thauvin,aarons or goofy

  • 15 Toon_Tom // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    springy – you’ve already named 12 players, you can’t make it 13 with Sissoko

  • 16 NoahJ // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Although it’s unlucky that dummett, mbabu and haidara are all injured, the management can’t really complain given that defence is a position we have notoriously neglected year on year.

    My mind still boggles at the Santon sale, when we could barely string a team of 11 out, never mind selling a first-teamer.

    Colback can plug the gap for now, but this needs seriously addressing this month, never mind a striker

  • 17 geordie157 // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    could go 3 at the back

    McLaren might put Sterry in at left back if its 442 or left wing back in the 352

    Mbemba, Colo, Lascelles
    Janmaat, Saivet, Shelvey, Sterry
    Mitrovic Perez

  • 18 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    toon tom
    1 of 3 mate,like i said at the bottom of the team

  • 19 WWSBRD // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    Tbh I recall McClaren used him as lb during preseason? Could be wrong though.

    We played 3 at the back last time we played Watford and they were luck to win by all accounts. For me though Lascelles needs to play just for his size against their big lad

    I wouldn’t be shocked at Mbemba LB tbh

  • 20 geordie157 // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    naming 7 subs….

    Darlow, Gouffran, Thauvin, Aarons, Riviere

    uumm Marveaux I guess and Satka/Gibson


  • 21 phoonck // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Somehow I have a gut feeling that McClaren’s gonna field Aarons/Gouffran at left back with his usual formation of 4-2-3-1

  • 22 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    toon tom
    completely forgot about him to be honest was thinkin who could do a job on the left!!haha…….oooops!

  • 23 Spoof // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:31 PM


    Yes I can see that now, initially I read it as either Goofy or Aarons with Thauvin in front of them, my mistake

  • 24 geordie157 // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    oops also forgot Sissoko….although to be honest sometimes he’s supposed to be playing and you barely notice he’s there!!

    Sissoko in with Shelvey in the middle….could Saivet play as a wing back possibly

  • 25 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    geodie 157
    reports that macca said tiote might not be considered this weekend with everything going on

  • 26 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    geordie 157
    sorry about the name….another oops

  • 27 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    ano its a little confusing but it was the only way i could fit them all in down that side!lol…..nee worrys mate

  • 28 Spoof // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:35 PM


    You could be right as I also have a feeling that Aarons was used their in some pre-season game, but would you risk him being a left back in a flat back four, big risk.

  • 29 MadisonToon // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    I don’t know where to put Sissoko in if he goes 3-5-2 as he isn’t better at any of those positions than who I had in my lineup. At least he hasn’t shown to be.

    His covering play is poor so he wouldn’t be a great wide right player with a 3-back and unless he’s given more attacking freedom, he hasn’t shown up well defensively in the center of the park. It’s possible that only Shelvey will hold with Wij and Sis in front of him, but that seems a bit too attacking-minded given a back three. Anyway, we’ll see how things go.

    Our top XI will need to start being rotated now that we have more people who are worthy of starting. Will be interesting to see how Steve and the players handle that.

  • 30 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    to be honest i would have sissoko in next to shelvey but completely forgot about him!lol……dropped a few clangers already the day!!!lol

  • 31 WWSBRD // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Personally no but I have a feeling McClaren will unless of course Goofy is thrown in

  • 32 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    if its the usual 4-2-3-1
    think goofy may come in at the left back spot

  • 33 Blaydon-Toon // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Saviet at Lb Tiote in the middle wit shelvy

  • 34 SPRINGY // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    blaydon toon
    think tiote may not be considered …few articles on news now saying this

  • 35 Blaydon-Toon // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    So do we have any other youngsters that can play full back ?

  • 36 Malta Mag // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    I thought Steven Taylor was fit again? Surely he’ll come into a back 3 with a 5 man midfield and Perez and Mitro up top?

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