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.
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?