Rafa Benitez will not have a regular left-back to choose from for a few weeks yet, as both Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara are still out injured.
Sadio has been out since late October with that knee injury of his, but last Thursday at Benton he twisted the knee in training while on his way back – and he will out for a few weeks.
Sadio has made only 8 appearances this season since he signed for us just over three years ago, the Frenchman has had a number of injuries and played only 48 times for the first team.
Paul Dummett – continues to have problems with hamstring
24-year-old Paul Dummett has had various hamstring injuries over the last 18 months and it didn’t help that he was asked to play injured in the final few games of last season – and was out for a few months at the beginning of this season because of that.
Paul must be allowed to fully recover from these hamstring problems, because otherwise his hamstring injuries will become chronic (they already are) and affect what could be a very good career.
Newcastle have a terrible injury record for over a decade now and we are always top of the injury league.
Here is the latest injury table for this season with one point awarded when on player in unavailable for a Premier League game.
A challenge for Rafa Benitez is now who to play at left back on Saturday at Norwich City, with Vurnon Anita, Jamaal Lascelles, Rolando Aarons and maybe even Moussa Sissoko candidates for that position.
There is very little chance that Rolando will play there, with Rafa depending on the more experienced Newcastle players for the run-in to the season.
Anita can play well in either full-back position and we think he could get the nod on Saturday, but it’s indicative of the lop-sided Newcastle squad caused by some poor signings and poor planning in the last two transfer windows.
Rafa seems to be only allowing players back from injury who prove to him they are fully recovered from those injuries, which is one reason it seems to be taking captain Fabricio Coloccini so long to return to the side.
Hopefully we can survive this season and Rafa will then have time to put things right – including understanding and then hopefully correcting why we pick up get so many injuries every single season.
Physioroom.com has Newcastle with 11 injured players at the moment, two more than Liverpool in second place.
And Curtis Good has been out with his hip injury for over two years now – so we’re not sure exactly what’s going on there.
Newcastle’s poor injury record is yet more evidence of how poorly the club has been run over the last several years.
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