This Is Bad News For Newcastle

After the game on Tuesday night when both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle were taken off with concussions – Miro in the first half – Rafa said he thought the two of them would be OK for Saturday’s important game against Brighton.

Both of them are in fact fit to play, but they cannot because of new FA guidelines on concussions recently introduced – and those injuries have to be handled very carefully these days.

The FA guidelines state that any player who suffers a concussion must wait for six days before they can play again.

dwight gayle scores the winner

Dwight Gayle – cannot play on Saturday

So both strikers cannot play in Saturday’s night’s important game against promotion candidates Brighton & Hove Albion.

Dr. Paul Catterson, Newcastle’s head of sports medicine and science said this:

“The treatment and management of concussion in sport has received deserved attention in recent years.”

“We have to adhere to the guidelines set out by the FA in line with other competitive sports, which rightly puts the safety and health of players first.”

The way to think about this is that Dwight and Aleksandar’s long term mental health is a lot more important than missing just one game – Dr. Catterson is absolutely right.

It’s unfortunate, so who is going to score the goals for us on Saturday – Diame and Perez?

Some players are going to have to step up to the plate for us – maybe even Yoan Gouffran – who seems to have some of his confidence back?

Comments welcome.

82 comments so far

  • Readingmag

    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #1

    So if the club (or another independent ) Dr says they are fit to play, they cannot. Worlds gone daft.

  • Wandering Geordie

    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Devastating news.Time for Perez to don his lucky bandage

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Start Perez because he currently has shooting boots, and bring Arma on later.
    Stick with shelvey and hayden
    Richie diame and gouf behind Perez
    Back four as v bristol but bring yedlin on

  • Termijn

    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #4

    I personally was excited when we signed Cabella. It was a shame how it turned out, but I blame Pardew’s negative tactics more than Cabella’s suitability. I think under the right manager he would have been a success.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #5

    I knew we should have kept Nile Ranger…

  • DaraghL

    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Disappointing news as if we are to challenge for promotion Brighton will likely be one of those in our way.

    At least Ayoze goes into the game on the back of a brace.

    Off topic, Paul Huntington just got a contract extension at Preston. Always good to hear players who didn’t make the cut doing well. I’ll never forget his goal against Spurs. What a rollercoaster season that was.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #7

    And for Manu Rivière, Opportunity Knocks!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #8

    I was under the impression that the FA’s standing on this was an advisory position with a suggested best practice. Still, better to put the players health first imo. The guidelines also state about 2 concussions in a season, Mitro’s haven’t come in 1 season, but they may take extra precautions with him given it was only April when he last had the problem.

    Not to mention that some former US sports star is suing over mismanagement by his club of head injuries. If he wins, then most clubs will take extra care when dealing with these issues.

  • Our Toon

    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #9

    There was a big clamour for cabella on this blog from those that claimed he was like Arfa but worked harder and more consistent. That’s the impression I got, would be interesting to read the comments

    I sure janmaat was being championed to be voted for captain on here as well after his first season

  • Our Toon

    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #10

    All for a run in the cup, I hope we don’t take cups seriously as we are up against a side who will be up there come the end of the season, we’ve managed to give them good news by having our striking duo out injured

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #11

    We moved for Payet, but he was too expensive. We were linked with Kante, and there were rumours around that Mahrez was on Carrs radar but would need an adjustment period. Funnily enough, all three of them are with Mondial.

  • hibbitt

    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #12

    tbh not even mitro would have started gayle will be the big miss

  • hibbitt

    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #13

    does Ashley have money in Mondial that would explain a lot ??

  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #14

    DaraghL; I always liked Huntington, I thought he would have made it big time.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #15
    Rotonda, are you sure there were doubts on here about Mbwia, 570 posts suggest otherwise.

  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #16

    Cannot see how a six day break will improve Mitrovic’s mental health, he’s a nut job already. 🙂
    New names for Gayle and Mitrovic; Dazed and Confused.

  • Macas

    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Cabella’s work rate was actually very good and he had the ability to beat a man, the big problem was that his end product was poor. Would have been tempted to give him a second season to see if he improved. Always going to be some transfers that don’t come off, the big mistake was replacing him Thauvin, a player who had had a very poor season before we signed him.
    Very worried the way this transfer window is shaping up, a big emphasis on signing defenders when the real problem is the lack of attacking options, something that has been made even worse by the large number of players we have shipped out.

  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #18

    To be fair Mick Lowes called those injuries right immediately on Tuesaday night.

  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #19

    You only have to look at the last 20 years of Muhammad Ali’s life or Ray Kennedy’s to see how repeated head trauma can lead to later problems like Parkinson’s.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 25, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Mick was right indeed.


    Aug 25, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #21

    He also said gayle was holding his groin before he went off,ando said he got hit in the bollicks so i hope ando is right and its not his groin thats keeping him from playing sat coz if it is…it maybe more then one game.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 25, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #22

    There’s a good documentary about head injuries in American sports. I think it’s called Head Games. I watched it a while back. Sure there’s another one as well.

    It’s good that precaution is taken I reckon.

  • posada

    Aug 25, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #23

    In an earlier post I described King Tut aka Riviere as a complete and utter knacker.
    Would be strange if this situation gets him a start and he bags a hat trick.
    To do so he would have to increase his goals for NUFC by 400%.
    Would have to serve some sort of penance as a consequence.
    Any suggestions.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 25, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #24

    These precautions not confined to football either. In MLB if a batter cops one on the helmet (on his head) he’s pulled from the game then and there even if he seems fine, or so it appears to be. Wonder if we’ll see that in cricket?

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 25, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #25

    I hope Gouffran does get a chance up top. No surprise that him and Anita have improved under a proper manager in a shirt space of time compared to the tactical shambles of previous years.

  • Toon XI

    Aug 25, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #26

    Yikes. That’s the kind of news that’ll give you s headache. 😉

  • Oldgit1

    Aug 25, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #27

    This does highlight a shortage of strikers at our club. We have only replaced Cissi with gayle so we are no better off in numbers.

    It would appear that Riviera is not wanted but thought he should have played on Tuesday night at least give him a go as he is still being paid, rather than risk our only two strikers.

    Please please Rafa sign a couple more strikers even one isn’t enough.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 25, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #28

    If Rafa gets one more ‘bigger name’, along with, say, Gouffran who is flexible as a forward, I think that would cover 4.

  • Harley

    Aug 25, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #29


    Gamez, mbemba, lasc, dummet

    Hayden, Shelvey

    Ritchie, Diame, Goufran


    My team.

  • Jan Stavik

    Aug 25, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #30

    Why not put Sissoko up front?
    He’s so big headed these days that I’m sure a couple of Ritchies crosses would hit his forehead and end up in the net

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 25, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Out and out forwards:

    Versatile who can play the up top:

    Young back up :

    Can we get away with that this season, or should we buy another CF? It would mean Arma would be loaned out i think, if we did buy one.

  • G

    Aug 25, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #32

    I would play Rivi, or at least put him on the bench for this one. If nowt else his pace would be useful. Whilst I never thought of him as a top flight player, he could be very useful at this level. Even Gouffran looks good down here.

  • Toonces

    Aug 25, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #33

    It will be interesting to understand if the players in fact suffered concussions or if they took simply a blow to the head and were removed in the case a concussion may have been suffered. NFL and NHL in North America have a concussion protocol where players are removed the dressing room for 15 minutes or so to determine if a concussion was in fact suffered. They can return to the game if they pass the tests. The problem of course with football is that once you sub out you can’t sub back in. But if the players passed concussion protocol tests after being removed from the game, in essence determining that the head injury was not a concussion, would they still need to adhere to the 6 day FIFA guideline? I am all for player safety, but if the player is assessed to not have a suffered a concussion after being removed as a precaution, then surely they must be allowed to play if they were cleared. Now if the doctors said a concussion has in fact been suffered then by all means rest them according to the protocol. It will be interesting to see how this is handled when a big star in a PL or UCL match takes a knock on the head. Will you see the doctors pulling players? Will Jose throw a fit when the doctors rush on the field because Smalling knocks heads with De Gea after they have used their 3 subs? Hmmm.

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Aug 25, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #34


    people forget how many times cabella was the best player on the pitch by a long shot and how many assists he would have had playing on a better team.

  • geordie157

    Aug 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #35

    I’d like to see Perez and Armstrong up top but likely it’ll be one up so Perez I guess.

    For me this will be our toughest home game of the season, Hughton has them well organised, hard to beat and they can mix it up.

    Wonder if Riviere comes into contention.

    Stick young heardman up top, that’ll surprise them!

  • Spoof

    Aug 25, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #36


    Just read the link you put on, not all of it as it’s too long, but I think it was safe to say that most were delighted to see Mbiwa coming, I have to admit that I was as well as I saw him as a replacement for Colo, I never saw his as a partner for Colo as they would be way to small as a pairing, but like so many I was wrong as he didn’t just struggle here he has struggled everywhere he’s been since leaving us, he really was/is a dreadful defender.

  • Toonces

    Aug 25, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #37

    Just saw the official team news that they were both confirmed to have suffered concussions. Will still be interesting to see how this plays out in high profile games with high profile players and managers.

  • toon kk

    Aug 25, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #38

    There’s a high possibility that either Mitrovic or Gayle or both could be injured for a long period (hopefully not) and we need the correct players into cover. Gayle is our only consistent goal scorer. We’d finish in the bottom half of the table without him, no goals no points.

  • hibbitt

    Aug 25, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #39

    what else did your crystal ball say
    Cabella best player on the pitch

    another dreamer

  • Spoof

    Aug 25, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #40

    Not sure how we are going to handle this Brighton game without both Mitro and Gayle, not sure that Perez has enough strength to handle the single striker role, possibly have him on the left with Gouffran as the lone striker, Armstrong won’t get in, Rafa has been so impressed with Armstrong that even without the suspended Mitro Armstrong has still gone back to the under 23’s, Riviere can’t be ruled out as a lone striker as he at least hold’s the ball up well and brings others into the game, I think it may be Riviere as Rafa does seem to appreciate the work ethic of Gouffran on the left, the question then is does Perez get left out or play a central role with Hayden, Shelvey, Diame and Colback fighting for the two deeper midfield roles with Ritchie on the right, or will Perez be benched with Diame further forward and Hayden, Colback and Shelvey battling for the remaining two places, personally I feel for such a tough game Rafa will go for a harder working side with a bit more bite so Perez even after bagging a brace will be left out.


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