We have gone two weeks without any new injuries being picked up in the Newcastle squad as far as we know, but Siem de Jong has now picked up the first injury of the season.
It’s a hamstring injury – the most common injury that has hampered the Newcastle team for over ten years now.
Siem de Jong has also had a real bad time of it as far as injuries go in his short two years at Newcastle.
Siem de Jong – picked up hamstring injury
Siem was injured in September two years ago with a thigh problem and then about six months later when he was ready to play again he suffered a collapsed lung.
The lung was operated on immediately so the underlying problem was fixed and that shouldn’t happen again.
And then he had that bizarre eye injury when the 27 year-old almost lost an eye in a freak accident at Benton.
The report today is that the Dutch International was trying to keep the ball in play during a scrimmage and the hamstring went – although we don’t know how serious the injury is.
Turkish club Fenerbahce have said they are interested in the Dutchman this summer, but we don’t expect Rafa to sell the player and hopefully this season Siem can get his career back on track at Newcastle, but of course these injuries don’t help things.
One of the many areas of the club that Rafa Benitez wants big improvements in is the medical department and we just have to cut down on the number of injuries we keep picking up.
Each year in the Premier League we had more injuries than any other club.
Here’s how we did last year when we easily topped the Premier League Injury table for the umpteenth year in a row.
That has to stop and we’re sure Rafa will fix it and he has already brought in two medical people to add to the staff to handle injuries when they occur and also to prevent them occurring as much as is possible.
Of course players will always pick up injuries, but there will be an emphasis this season on trying to reduce the injuries and we’re sure Rafa will have various measurements he will be tracking to see how the club is doing.
Hopefully it will be a lot better than last season when injuries again decimated the squad.
Update – It turns out Kevin Mbabu has also picked up a slight thigh injury and both Kevin and Siem have returned to Benton for treatment and assessment of their injuries.