This Is Still A Huge Problem At Newcastle

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.