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Two Key Players Pick Up New Injuries Before Stoke Game

12:33 pm, Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 51 Comments

Newcastle United really need to look at how we pick up so many injuries in training and there’s more bad news today that there are two new injuries Newcastle have picked up.

Andros Townsend is now doubtful with a knock and will probably have to miss the game tonight at Stoke and striker Papiss Cisse, who has just returned to training, will not play tonight but could be fit for the game against Bournemouth on Saturday.

That’s really bad news on Townsend, but the club must get to the bottom of all the injuries we pick up every single season.


Andros Townsend – will miss the game tonight

Fab Coloccini will miss the next two games because he was injured in a warm-down after a game he didn’t even play in.

Fabricio injured his calf in the warm-down after the 2-1 win over Lillestrom in southern Spain.

Exactly what is going on during Newcastle’s training sessions?

Picking up all these injuries and the way they are picked up only adds to the growing perspective that Newcastle United are incompetently run at almost every level of the club.

There seems a losing mentality all around.


We have spent £82M on new players but still have one of the worst defenses in the Premier League since we didn’t strengthen the defense – and we still haven’t brought in a  recognized PL striker, so we still find it difficult to score goals.

Conceding too many goals and not being able to score goals seems like a side who may have struggled with relegation all season long.

Newcastle are not helping themselves this season – that’s the unfortunate bottom line.

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51 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    That’s torn it!

  • 2 G // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Bugger! Aarons for townsend?

  • 3 Tsunki // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    it’s just gets better and better.
    End of season early holiday bookings ahoy!

  • 4 midweek weekend // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    I do like townsend so that’s slight blow, but the way we are at the minute even at full strength I don’t think we’ll beat Stoke and a win is the only thing that will do, 18 days to prepare for this if we get our a$$ handed to us then mcclaren has to go tomorrow

  • 5 Tsunki // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Sterry and lascelles at the back, Saylor as cdm, Colback lone striker…..

  • 6 Ron Knee // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Sounds like a plan!

  • 7 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Injury prone winger who signed for injury prone club in injury shocker.

  • 8 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Not the bl**dy injury virus again, you do have to feel a bit sympathetic to Steve.

    I’d like to see Aarons start and really get into the Stoke defence.

    He’s bound to get well and truly clattered and providing we have a half way decent ref (for a change) we could end up playing ten or less on their side.

  • 9 beermonkey // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    so if the so called big 5 join a european super league will that spell the end of the big money we are seeing

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    I wonder if our lot ever do any swimming or road cycling, even yoga, as the number of short muscle injures and strains we pick up are scandalous.

  • 11 Tsunki // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    When you start the season fighting fit, you expect the season to end with a few key crocks. But when you start with key crocks, go through the season with stand ins getting crocked, you expect to see a few decent returnees at some point, don’t you? What going on with this lot?

  • 12 Tsunki // Mar 2, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Beer monkey, I’d say yes is the short answer.

  • 13 beermonkey // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:09 PM


    i wonder if that could make our owner sell up if it lookslike it will happen
    better to sell now and get a better price than wait till the market falls

  • 14 Novocastrian66 // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    The greed of our football clubs knows no boundaries. The only thing that surprises me about the European super league is that it hasn’t already happened. Now that Manchester United are no longer guaranteed to share the riches of the Champions League they’re looking at ways to grow their business and they know they can drag English clubs along. Liverpool are in the same boat.
    The big European clubs cannot get in on the cash swilling around the Premier League and will be keen to get involved, especially the French, Dutch and Italians.

  • 15 John Akomfrah // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    aarons out due to head turning injury
    macca oot

  • 16 Mag52 // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Rotonda.(previous post)

    Keep your eyes open Rotonda and you’ll notice my contributions from time to time, although I must say I tend to stay away during the interminable ‘ you’re a troll, no you’re a troll’ ‘you’re a double, no you’re a double’ nonsense that we’ve had to put up with on here in recent weeks.

  • 17 croftus5678 // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    townsend is a huge blow however i agree with g and put rola in his place in hope he has one of those great games he has now and then.

    attack is where we win this one imo we need crosses / runs but more importantly 2 bloody strikers !!!!

    if cisse is out as i hear then it has to be mit and doum imo not an acm like perez/siem as we have that covered in wijnaldum


    i dont think stoke are mobile in cm tbh and will more than likely go to the wings for their attacks so siss and rola will need to track back and double up on the wingers to help out jan and colb.

    but centre is there we attack with pace and power with shelvey’s passing wij’s running and mitro’s strength knocking it on for the nippy doum who’s zipping around him.

    arnoutovic is there danger man imo i’d stick to him like glue.

  • 18 Lindisfarne // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    ________Aarons__de Jong__Gini

  • 19 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:27 PM


    All joking aside, Ballet!!

  • 20 bettyswallocks // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    It looks like these top 5 clubs have had their feathers ruffled by the likes of Leicester gate crashing the party. That wasn’t in the script and they are obviously worried that with the Tv money shrewdly spent by some of the lesser clubs they will become a nuisance and a threat to the big boys.

  • 21 optimistic prime // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Normal service resumes on the injury front!

    I can’t see anything other than a loss tonight.

  • 22 beermonkey // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:39 PM


    thats not very optimistic

  • 23 Lindisfarne // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Forgot about Perez, I wonder if 18 days of training has given us the opportunity of including any of Riviere, Doumbia, de Jong or even Saivet in the first team? Or has Shtevie used the time to improve the way his usual starting 11 perform and all the players above are still relying on injuries to give them the opportunity to play. If it is the latter, I believe the chance to create competition for places will have been missed.

  • 24 Lindisfarne // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    A clean sheet tonight will be an improvement, a win would be fantastic and a draw a good foundation for Saturday.

  • 25 Jib // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Some chancers see the current turmoil with FIFA ( and by association UEFA ) as an opportunity.

    Doomed to failure , the various FA’s own the fixture lists.

    The PL could only get off the ground by cosying up to the FA.

  • 26 Wowhatawhopper // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Hello all, I’m a long time subscriber but rarely post but do enjoy reading through your comments! hope u all having a lovely day! I’ve been rained off so I’m now playing Newcastle v Stoke on FIFA over and over again (it’s a silly ritual I’ve done since my teens) on this performance can’t see nothing but a win ? But I’m hoping one of you can help me I live down south now and as its Spurs West Ham on all the puns have that on the dodgy boxes and the website I use seems to have gone down and cannot find a good Newcastle stream anywhere nowadays, so if one of u fine fellow toon fans could help it would be much appreciated!!

  • 27 Lindisfarne // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    According to research we will be lucky to leave Stoke with 0.9 of a point.

  • 28 toon kk // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    We’ll be ripped apart by Stoke, our lazy players have already broken up for there summer break. It happens every season.

  • 29 jimiley // Mar 2, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    17 defeats in our last 20 away games. As Steve says, we need to find some consistency away from home.

  • 30 jimiley // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Those away stats are really shocking. Hard to believe really. Here is another. Over the last 33 games (Derby and Toon) our manager has achieved the grand total of 28 points. Nothing more to say. Still in a job???? How??????

  • 31 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    You couldn’t make it up with our pathetic club
    Injury after injury
    Whether on the pitch playing competitive football or the training pitch we pick up injuries.
    Been top of the injury table since we moved to the Benton training ground.

    Or is it they don’t want to play for a team that looks like it will be relegtaed

    And as for the big five leaving the premiership.
    GREEDY BARST**DS DON’T GIVE A SH*T about their supporters –
    MONEY and the MONEY men are ruining/sorry have ruined football for the everyday supporter.

    If they go kick them out of the FA cup too

  • 32 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    He’ll be sacked Saturday night after the Bournemouth defeat.
    God knows who the clowns will bring in

  • 33 jimiley // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    By the weekend the clowns will have left it too late. Who would want to take on a task like that? Shearer.? Na, hes learnt his lesson. Couch potato now.

  • 34 The next Mike Williamson // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    ———-Lascelles Taylor Dummet
    ————–Doumb/ Mitro——

    I’d expect Sissoko to play above Aarons. This formation suits Janmaat as he pretty much plays as a wingback anyway and the three at the back will give us numbers in defence, something we usually lack. We can hit them on break

  • 35 bettyswallocks // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    Stokes front three will have a field day with our makeshift defence. It’s not nice having to predict defeat when you’re optimistic by nature but at least a draw or an unlikely win would be a very pleasant surprise .

  • 36 Lanzatoon42 // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Anyone know what stream the match is on for smartphones

  • 37 toontaff2 // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    If winning the Injury league this season got us a trophy would the fat man leave? The coaches/fitness/medical staff must be on some sort of bonus for getting the most injured players.

  • 38 croftus5678 // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    @34 tnmw

    i think that formation is def suited to our strength’s esp against stoke and most of those players would be more comfortable playing where you have them.

    i’s slightly tweak a few things personally but it’s hard to see us going wrong with that formation!

    i’d go


    siss and wij for there experience more than anything else.

  • 39 Rotonda heights // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Mag 52 at 16

    Can’t argue with that


    I know some fantastic footballers like laurie Cunningham who said ballet made their core strength far better. You wonder with our lot if they ever bother stretching at all.

  • 40 The Diamond dogs hoojars // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    I haven’t a clue what the score will be tonight, the bookies seem to have the prices about right, i have zero faith in my club at this moment in time, do we deserve to go down, imo yes without doubt given the resources we have and support etc, the choice of managers since MA has came to this club has been abominable, and this present shower is proof to that.

  • 41 beermonkey // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    bit more on the break away league from the bbc

    Arsenal say they are “strongly opposed” to the formation of a breakaway European Super League.

    Speculation regarding a new league came after Tuesday’s meeting of officials from the Gunners, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.

    A representative from the International Champions Cup series was also involved.

    “Discussions were primarily around the ICC and formats of European competitions,” said an Arsenal spokesman.

  • 42 Rotonda heights // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:45 PM


    sadly this lot don’t know anyone apart from moyes or possibly rodgers

  • 43 Teamstoof // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Hope to se Steven Tylor do this tonight!

  • 44 croftus5678 // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    @43 teamstoof

    lol classic.

  • 45 mad-serb // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Game night and it cannot have come at a better time. Cannot recall when last I was looking forward to as much as tonight.

    Some questions will be answered, some new ones will arise. Will we smile, will we cry so much to look forward to.

    Win, lose or draw, all i do expect is a 95 minute total commitment or Stevie needs to pack his bags and §§%&&/

  • 46 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 2, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Can we vote on the European super league in June.

    In or out?

    I’d vote out.

  • 47 croftus5678 // Mar 2, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    @46 essex

    i’ll vote out also.

    thats what we have champ’s league for and with so much money all ready in the prem we all ready have a lot of the worlds best players and it will not be many years until the calibre of messi/ronaldo ect will want to join the prem as thats where the money is now.

  • 48 mad-serb // Mar 2, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Townsend injury I would say has thrown a spanner in the wheel for Stevie. I think he would have started perez in the 10 role instead of Gini as he did in the away win against Tottenham with Sissoko and townsend on the wings.

    So I would expect basicly the same line up as we had at Chelsea apart from Colback coming in for tiote and the defensive chances of Lacacelles for Colo and Drummet for Arons.

  • 49 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 2, 2016 at 3:20 PM


    Blimey, I seriously hope he wasn’t thinking of playing Aarons at LB again. At least Dummet can defend

  • 50 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 2, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    True and it would take them a bloody age to appoint someone.

    Sadly I’m a pessimist when it comes to the TOON
    My worry is that like Villa – our players have thrown the towel in and we will struggle to get 30 points
    HOPE NOT!!!

  • 51 manxpie // Mar 2, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Croftus and the next mike i know we’re desperate for a win but i think the ref might notice us having 12 players on the pitch

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