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Injuries Could Become A Deciding Factor In Relegation

8:29 am, Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 37 Comments

Bad news today that Fabricio Coloccini has picked up a calf injury in La Manga and could be out up to four weeks and that is the second injury we pickled up last week, after Aleksandar Mitrovic is also out injured with a knee ligament problem.

Newcastle now have 12 players out injured according to, as injuries are once again decimating the squad and since we haven´t a big squad to start with – it´s starting to be a big concern once again for the club as we again fight relegation.

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Fabricio Coloccini – latest to pick up injury

The only surprising thing is that Manchester United have one more injured player than we do – 13 – but the third in Injury Table is Aston Villa with only seven injured players.

So once again Newcastle are decimated b y injury and it´s been so at Newcastle for over ten years now and nothing seems to be done about it and we keep hearing managers say we are simply unlucky with injuries.

If it happens every season then that´s not due to bad luck – but something else.

We have Chancel Mbemba already out with an ankle/foot injury so our first choice center-backs are both injured – and it´s a defense that has been one of the worst in the Premier League – when every player is fit.


Here are the injuries as listed on

Player               Injury                      Return date
F Coloccini	Calf/Shin  	         no return date	 
A Mitrovic	MCL Knee Ligament   no return date	 
C Tiote             Muscular  	         no return date	 
 C Mbemba 	Ankle/Foot  	         2nd Mar 16	 
 P Dummett 	Hamstring  		 2nd Mar 16	 
 S de Jong 	Eye  		                 2nd Mar 16	 
 K Mbabu  	Hip/Thigh  		 2nd Mar 16	
V Anita            Hamstring 	         2nd Mar 16	 
 M Haidara 	Knee 	                 2nd Mar 16	 
 T Krul 	        ACL Knee  		 Jul 16	 
 G Obertan 	Hamstring 		 19th Mar 16	 
 C Good 	        Hip/Thigh  	         no return date

The good news is that we should have Siem de Jong and Vurnon Anita back again very soon and we´re not sure what that injury is to Cheick Tiote.

Six players are due back by March 2nd – a week on Wednesday.

But injures could be another reason why Newcastle take the drop this season and getting so many injuries every season points to something being wrong somewhere in the way Newcastle go about their business.

That´s just plain old logic and it´s nothing to do with bad luck.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Fabricio Coloccini · Injuries · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press

37 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Rotation Out!

  • 2 Dime Bar // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Coloccini’s injury could be a factor in our survival too

  • 3 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Same old same old. I don’t think this will be a factor, because our first team isn’t good enough anyway.

  • 4 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Not like Colo to get an ‘injury’ before a derby. I doubt he’ll make it back in time. Again. Terrible luck that lad. 😉

    So, everyone who doesn’t fancy being blamed for relegation taking a bit of time off now, eh?

  • 5 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Oh well looks like it’s time for Jesper Magic Roundabout.

    Hello Zebedee!

    Hello everybody. Time for relegation, Zebedee said.

  • 6 Jib // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Perhaps they can bring the injured to the Forum tonight and the forum members ask questions while helping with the physio.

  • 7 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    So, has Take A Rob Vollans On Me From Leeds been back to explain yet? I saw that Belfast had found another peice of evidence to expose him. Can’t believe people go to such lengths to fool other bloggers. Can’t believe I was taken in by the illness thing. What a Cnut

  • 8 Dime Bar // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    When did Tiote get injured?
    Mitrovic’s injury could be to Doumbia’s benefit.

    Surely are best team for Stoke will be

    Janmaat Mbemba Lascelles Mbabu
    Shelvey Saivet
    Townsend Wijnaldum Aarons

  • 9 Jib // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Anyone who believes Colo’s “injury” is anything but a face-saving exercise for the Argentine is a mug.

  • 10 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:41 AM


    Don’t give the fat man money saving tips ffs! If he read that, he’ll be sacking his medical staff as we speak :-O

  • 11 croftus5678 // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    i thought dummett was back ????

    ah well lesc and saylor partnership then.

  • 12 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Don’t get me started on his ‘bad back’ episode. What a skiver. I said ages ago he should have been rotated as a captain for derby avoiding.

  • 13 one fine day // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Injured in the warm down ???? You really can’t make it up with this club .was toonbrother in la manga watering the lawns on a golf cart or something.
    How many winters now has colo taken a few weeks off ?
    If only fabricio had half the courage of his best mate and compatriot.
    Have a feeling this has bishop all over it.
    Shelvey given a soft run out as skipper after some arguments reported last week between Mac n fab.
    Then a player injured without even playing a single minute ?
    Smoke n mirrors but could be a silver lining .
    He could have played his last game for us I think

  • 14 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    The physio has got his hands full. With Lee Charnleys stomach flab.

  • 15 Ron Knee // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:45 AM


    I don’t think I’m being defeatist, mate. Realist more like!

  • 16 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Thing is the best thing for colos recovery right now is for him to put his feet up in an Argentinian ranch for a month or two and take in a few games at his local club. A bit of on the spot jumping during the games might help too.

  • 17 croftus5678 // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    4-4-2 as our strikers are far too isolated on their own no matter who plays there !


    maybe our cb’s will get a tackle in then instead of backing off and waiting for one of our 2 dm’s to tackle for them !

  • 18 Fabricio - out of position - Coloccini // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Colo’s injury makes me a little bit more optimistic about survival. It’s not good to lose another CB but he can be replaced by any of our CB’s.
    A new captain though… That is very good news!

  • 19 Rotonda heights // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    So even out of the country, nowhere near our training pitches at Benton, not even playing but warming down someone still gets injured.

    Is there any level of competence at the club as I’ve yet to see much evidence f it.

    I don’t know how toonbrother is going to cope with this devastating news our lion hearted captain is out for a month.

  • 20 Dime Bar // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    So basically Coloccini is going home for a month?

  • 21 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    Lee, I’ve got quite a backlog of injured players, can’t Graeme do this?

    Oh no, Graemes got a lovely touch but he can’t do a remedial massage like you do. I’ve got a Dozen Assorted from Krispy Kreme to work off here. Just pretend your kneading dough for a giant loaf…

  • 22 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    I think I started a rumour. Get me indykailas phone number!

  • 23 one fine day // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    YCMIUP @7
    I think most of us were taken in sadly .
    The car crash , walking stick story etc was going to new depths too.
    Still can’t fully work out what his agenda was

  • 24 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    it’s really starting to have the feeling of a relegation side now. I wonder if Townsend will score an og in our last away game at villa to decide our doom and mirror the great Duff Dropper?

  • 25 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    One fine day – attention.

  • 26 beermonkey // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    one fine day

    whats gone on between mac and colo?????

    on colo injury as long as mbmeba is back then i cant see it being to much trouble i would hedge my bets we conceed less and its an excellent time to try this rotating capt idea
    or we could just give it to shelvey or some1

  • 27 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Eerie though, isn’t it. I was going to suggest colo would pick up a mysterious injury before a mackem game again, and boom! Guess I should have checked cheap flights to Buenos Aires.

  • 28 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Bringing the injured to the forum would certainly help swell the attendance. Would look like an episode from Walking Dead though.

  • 29 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    I think we should rotate the armband to Saylor. He can keep it on for the thirty minutes he’ll be on field 🙂

  • 30 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Do you think if we field a team of rotating captains it would would enough to confuse the opposition?

  • 31 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    That back line looks real tat now though. Dear oh dear.

  • 32 Jib // Feb 22, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    When they arrived at La Manga they had a no holds barred players meeting chaired by Blacky with the rest of the coaching staff including SM excluded , that’s probably when a few home truths about leadership were aired.

    I think SM has decided
    a. To go with the players who are the future come hell or high water
    b. Gone for vocal captaincy in the midfield (where it should always be imo)

    We have some really talented and gifted players in our midfield and it has been clear for some time they lack coherence and direction , headless chickens at times.
    It was noticeable (OK it was a friendly) that Shelvey was pointing out channels to players to run into and ranging over a much larger area of the pitch.

    Also Sissoko may find himself marginalized if he’s not careful.

  • 33 one fine day // Feb 22, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Beer monkey
    Apparently something in the mirror report about it..
    Could be lazy journalism .
    Ed mentioned it in the previous report.
    “The Mirror report includes a line where they say Coloccini had a run-in with McClaren last week – but we´re not sure what that´s all about.”
    And agree I think the team could be better off with him out .just wonder what toon brother will have to post about now.

  • 34 Jib // Feb 22, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    I’ve just seen the founder of Facebook – Mark Zuckerberg (net worth $36 billion) on TV.
    He’s just a bairn FFS !!!
    I wonder if he likes footy ?

  • 35 Sav // Feb 22, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Since our coaches have got their hands of Perez and tried to bulk him up for the Premiership and build his upper body strength I think it has taken from his game. His qualities are pace, balance and fast reactions requiring flexibility. You don’t see Silva or the Barcelona forwards turnimng into body builders. Perez is never going to be a Shearer or McDonald, barreling through defenders. Is it the right approach for him?

  • 36 The overrated Frenchman // Feb 22, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    I don’t think it will do Perez any harm to build his upper body strength as part of an overall conditioning program. There are plenty of athletes, from sprinters to boxers who have that sort of physique without sacrificing speed, reflexes, balance etc.

  • 37 widowmagandapoke // Feb 22, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    These injuries are an excuse to get out of the firing line. Funny how the clubs doing well remain injury free.

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