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This Is Still A Huge Problem At Newcastle

8:20 am, Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

Steve McClaren gave an injury update a day or two ago, but in all the hectic stuff going on to get Andros Townsend to the club – he should become a Newcastle player today – we have missed out on some of the news.

And it’s a decent update from the manager with Steven Taylor finally back in training after the hamstring injury he picked up in late August.

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Steven Taylor – fit again after almost five months out with Achilles injury

This is what Steve McClaren said about the current injury situation and the short break coming up because this weekend is the FA Cup 4th round ties:

“I think it’s good, because we’ve had a heavy schedule.” “We wanted a result to go into the next 10 days.”

“We nearly got it, and now we have to do a lot of work behind the scenes in terms of rest, recovery, some injured players back – Dummett, Colback and one or two others.”

“Steven Taylor will get a game as well – so it’s just get bodies back to the training field and then we go again.” “A breather for some, more work for others.”

“Onward and forward, and hopefully onward and upward.” “We’ve had bad injuries.” “We only had four fit defenders.”

“We had to put Steven Taylor in who’s not kicked a ball, just trained for one week. We had to put him on the bench. We need players back from injury.”

We still have players out and the following information is taken from where Newcastle are top of the injury league with these seven players out injured:

Anita	    Hamstring    3rd Feb 	 
Williamson   Hamstring	no return date	 
Haidara	   Knee 		19th Mar 	 
Krul	           ACL Knee 	Jul 16	 
Obertan	   Hamstring	19th Mar 	 
Dummett	   Hamstring	no return date	 
Good           Hip                no return date

Notice all the hamstring injuries we pick up – and Paul Dummett is expected to be fit for the Everton game as is Jack Colback who is not listed above.

And we have no idea what the situation is with Curtis Good who has been out with that hip injury of his almost two years now since he picked it up playing for Australia in early March of 2014.

We still get far too many injuries and with the squad still too small we have to hope we don’t have what happened last year at this time when we picked up a lot of injuries and had players suspended which weakened the team considerably.

Last year after 23 games played we had 30 points – so we are 9 points worse off.

And injuries continue to be a huge problem at Newcastle.

Why is that?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Injuries · Newcastle News · Premier League

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lindisfarne // Jan 27, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    He’s 1.86m and 91kg, thats not huge huge!

  • 2 catchy in norway // Jan 27, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    I don’t want Taylor at the club,

    I was once told a story by a very close friend of Taylor’s when he was just breaking through, he was on the bech with Dyer and he asked Dyer do you not want to get out on the pitch, Dyers reply was, it doesn’t matter whether I’m on the bench or the pitch , I still get paid. And apparently Taylor was furious with this answer. Well he is basically doing just the same.

  • 3 Lindisfarne // Jan 27, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Curtis Goods injury was a long standing one that was picked up on by the Australian squad and sent him back to the Club. At the time they said they were disappointed that he was not being treated for it and was continuing to play under the instruction of the NUFC.

  • 4 sing in the corner // Jan 27, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Have you got any basis at all for that opinion about Taylor? How on earth do you know he is ‘basically just doing the same’? The guy has had extended periods of rehab from horrendous injuries, and getting back playing / match fit is extremely difficult.

  • 5 catchy in norway // Jan 27, 2016 at 9:08 AM


    There was a point in his career that he was more famous for dating glamour models than he was as a footballer. Which part of his nufc career was that helping.
    I was once out with mclenn for a meal with our partners, we ended up in the bio section in baja on the quayside, me and my lass ended up speaking to nobby and his wife for most of the night, around 11:30 dyer cort saylor and loads of hangers on came in, never mixed with the senior players collected about 7-8 really pretty girls then went to corts apartment up next to the keep, yeh, I’m sure none of this has anything to do with his priorities or fitness problems.

    I’m not questioning his loyalty to the club, I like him playing for us, and I also think he could have been a great CB, brave as hell, but celebrity girlfriends got in the way

  • 6 TroubledToon // Jan 27, 2016 at 9:26 AM


    Agreed he hasn’t been playing much, but that’s more due to his wretched injuries rather than an attitude problem.
    Tbh, I wouldn’t miss him once he’s gone simply cuz of the fact that he’s always injured, but I would give him his dues for putting in a shift whenever he has been fit.

  • 7 beefman13 // Jan 27, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    All our injured players don’t make a jot of difference to the first team apart from maybe Dummett, bloody friendlies with the mackems for god sake, a team in a similar position to us is just daft imo, they could have played the under 21’s for instance. Something best get sorted and very soon, or Mikes precious money will be a parachute payment, however our form will be from now on we will continue to be in a relegation battle.

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