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Newcastle Injuries Starting To Clear Up

Apart from yesterday’s new injury to one of our better players this season, Danny Guthrie, the rest of the injuries seem to be clearing up quite nicely.


Alan Smith – no real set back in his recovery

Good news today that Oba Martins should be back for the Sunderland game in 10 days time, and the news surrounding Alan Smith yesterday is not as bad as we had first thought.

Both Australian striker Mark Viduka and Brazilian defender Cacapa were back in light training yesterday, with the injury prone pair this time recovering from groin and knee injuries respectively. We expect both these players to leave the club in the summer, when their contracts run out.

Also back was former Manchester United star Alan Smith, who was originally scheduled to play a part in the behind-closed-doors friendly with Carlisle United, but it turns out that after taking part in the morning session, the Newcastle medical staff didn’t want to put the forward through too much, too soon.

So that’s understandable, and it’s not worth to take any chances at this stage in Alan’s recovery.

Kinnear talked today about Smith:

“Smithy trained again today and there are no problems. He is back in the first-team squad.

“We thought about putting Alan in, but the medical staff said that might be pushing him too early.”

“He’s back training flat out, and has a chance of making the Sunderland game.”

As we said, apart from Danny’s new injury most of the other injuries, apart form the Achilles injury to Ignacio Gonzalez, are clearing up.

We assume we’ll be sending Ignacio back to Valencia, since he will not return to training from his Achilles injury until at least the middle of March, and it seems silly to pay for someone who cannot help us and has hardly played for us at all these last 5 months.

Only at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Brettoon

    Jan 21, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #1

    The scoring machine Alan Smith – great for a team who can’t sccore goals

  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 21, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Did anyone even know or care that Cacapa was injured. Whenever his name is read out on the team sheet the collective sighs are deafening.

  • lesh

    Jan 21, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Alan who?

  • Kash

    Jan 21, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Cacapa, Duff, Gonzalez, Smith, Xisco, Geremi, Shola, Edgar and Viduka really need to be all shipped out!!!!

    Majority of them are injured most the time. There cost oer actual match played, or even cost per minutes played must be stupidly high, bar Edgar.

    Move them all on!!!

  • Stuart79

    Jan 21, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Oh thank god for the great Smith!

  • RyanToon

    Jan 21, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #6

    alan smith?? dont he wrok for sky sports??? never heard of this one

  • beyethegreat

    Jan 21, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #7


    he is a waste of space and money and kadar should be int he team coz if he is worse than cracapa then he will never be as good as we hope

  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 21, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #8


    Shall we all have a guess what those players are earning and see what the grand total per week is.

  • Jay K

    Jan 21, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #9

    Yeah we cant score anyway so lets build up Smiths fitness he be bangin them in be4 long lol.

  • Kash

    Jan 21, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #10

    I reckon the sum of there weekly earnings is in excess of £350k. Thats £18m per year!!!

    Move them on!!!

  • NE3 NICK

    Jan 21, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Ameobi has just signed a new contract. He is going nowhere. As for the rest of them, I reckon u would struggle to give them away.

    Ed, I am not being funny, but your “injuries beginning to clear” line smacks a bit of sprinkling sugar on a turd!

  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 21, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Cacapa = 30,000 per week
    Duff = 70,000 per week
    Smith = 65 ,000 per week
    Xisco = 25 ,000 per week
    Geremi = 60,000 per week
    Viduka=60,000 per week and a cheese cake
    Shola, 30,000 per week
    Gonzalez. 15,000 per week

    Total 355,000 per week on those wastrels.

  • craig s chisholm

    Jan 21, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #13

    i think we need smith – honest. saying as shitface ashley will not buy or invest we need a player with some heart and guts playing for us. thats smith. just bthink, out of our starting 11 we have given, butt, owen and zogs all wanting to leave. thats 1/3rd ofthe starting 11 who dont care. we need players that do care cos i think a fully motivated team will work better as a unit than some high erners who all have eyes on the exit door.

  • Stuart79

    Jan 21, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Craig s Chisholm – Good point, Smith has already said that he doesn’t want to leave NUFC even though the poison dwarf wants to get shut of him.

    We need players who are fully committed to the cause.

    Not that it will matter as we are going down!!!!!!

  • craig s chisholm

    Jan 21, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #15

    i agree, we are 100% relegated. i have no doubt of this.

  • Kash

    Jan 21, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #16

    Smudger is a try hard, and I love him for that. But we just need that little bit of quality to pull us clear of the relegation places.

    If we could get some decent full backs and 2 quality midfield players, then that would be enough!!!

  • craig s chisholm

    Jan 21, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #17

    i agree kash, but lets presume shithead will not buy any quality and only get some dross free crap in to tide him over for yet another season. we need smith in there as the man wears his heart on his sleeve and he will battle his heart out for us. i remember that even though leeds went down he didnt even want to leave them, and that was for manure. how many of our other players would stick with us next season in the fizzy league??
    drop the wanna ways and lets have a team that will fight for each other right to the very end. i know we are going down, for me, its obvious looking at our fiztures. i have no idea where we will get any points from. we are shit with the big names, lets tr something else. i would even bring thorugh some of the young ones. whats the point in them all if we never play them? they should be good enough by 17 or 18….. thats if they are as good as we hear. look at rooney and owen. owne was 17 at a world bloody cup!

  • Born Again Geordie

    Jan 21, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #18

    I agree with Craig here and have been saying it for months now give the youngsters a go.




    Ashley Young


    To name but a few have all done it

    Norman Whiteside was 16 FFS when he played in the FA cup final for manure !!!


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