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Three Newcastle Players Miss Stoke Game – What’s Going On?

Some decidedly bad news on the injury front at Newcastle United this morning.


Jose Enrique – out of the Stoke game

The news from the Tyneside club this morning is that Newcastle trio Steven Taylor, Peter Lovenkrands and Jose Enrique have all been ruled out of the Stoke City game on Saturday.

We knew Peter wouldn’t make it, but we had hoped Steven Taylor would be back and now it’s the first we’ve heard that Enrique was even injured, never mind missing the game on Saturday.

Steven Taylor was always struggling with the bruised ankle problem he sustained against Arsenal last month, but we had hoped that would have cleared up before now. How bad can a bruised ankle be – with all the modern day recovery mechanisms at the club’s disposal these days?

And now we understand that Jose Enrique has picked up a knee injury in training, and will not be available against Stoke City, and with Charles N’Zogbia having moved on, it’s anybody’s guess who will be left full-back on Saturday.

Part of good management is good planning – planning for things that may happen,, and it must be over 18 months now that we’ve said we’ve needed a back-up to Jose Enrique at left back – and what have we done – sold Charles N’Zogbia to Wigan Athletic, who was our best left back other than Jose.

We’ve brought on a lot of our own problems this season by just hopeless and inept planning in the squad – both last summer and in the January transfer window – and it’s just not good enough.

We suppose Ryan Taylor can play at left-back and we’ll have to rely on young David Edgar presumably at right back, but there’s little doubt the defense will now be weakened from last Saturday – and it wasn’t too good then.

This is hardly good news to be getting just a couple of days before the Stoke City game, and the injury problems at Newcastle are now seemingly getting beyond a joke.

We were told Sebastien Bassong was 90% fit last Saturday, so we have to assume that he’ll be fit for the game at the Britannia Stadium, but he’s still to resume full training this week.

The absence of Taylor and Enrique will considerably weaken the Newcastle defense, which has always been lacking this season, for the next crucial game – which we still think is a must-win game – that’s if we are to survive this season.

This is hardly looking too encouraging for Saturday.

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • Doocey

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #1


    Time to attack.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Horrendous news.

    Just dont want Ryan Taylor, Colo or Bassong to even be in the squad.

    A few options:




  • JoeColl87

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Stick 5 in mid, maybes using an anchor (Butt) to support the defense and attack them. Just ensure there is enough support for defending corners and the unevitable throw ins.

  • AndyNUFC

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #4

    Great, no naturally left footed player to play at left back, I reckon it’s a loss, Shearer can’t turn them into good players in a week.

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Tom why dont you want Bassong in the squad?

  • Doocey

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Jonas at LB?

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #7


    I had Bassong on my brain, I love the guy.

    I meant Fatboy Nolan.

    Jonas plays left wing-back for Arge as they play 3-5-2 or even 3-4-3

  • Shanghaitoon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Tom toon… you hope bassong doesn’t make the squad, then put him in your all back 4 options … A typo I think.. LOL

    I think ur first option is best… I don’t want to see Colo, Geremi can do a job at RB and I guess Edgar isd ok for LB but still looks shaky…

    Who played at LB for the reserves? Can we bring him in?

  • Toon_Fresh

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #9

    McLoven not in the squad doesn’t discourage me. He really hasn’t shown me anything while playing on the wing. Enrique is a massive blow but I dont think it’s as dire as we think. I imagine/hope a formation something like….

    beye colo bassong rtaylor

    duff butt jonas


    carroll martins

  • Greg B

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Aye, why no Bassong?

    As for the team, think Edgar may be best choice for LB, did he not play there against Man U other season when he scored the peach?
    Otherwise play R. Taylor at RB, Beye and Colocinni CB and Bassong LB, he has played there when he first came into team hasnt he?

  • Shanghaitoon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Jonas could be worth a try at LB… He does get back to defend quite well and can’t shoot at goal anyway so he could be a good call…

  • ToonRich

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Ed, what makes you say this about Bassong “but he’s still to resume full training this week”…
    He trained with the team on tuesday before the open session, then when the open sesh started he went for a rub down with Ferris!

    I think if we stick to 4 @ the back one of these will need to be used;


    Colo just isnt in the zone to play such a physical side as Stoke.

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Thought that might have been a slip there tom.

    I now it wont happen but could we get away with


    As I feel we need to go Sheite or bust on this one now.

  • spiderpig

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #14

    bassong can play left back

  • ToonRich

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Spiderpig, yes he can! But I’d much rather see him in the cb position 🙂 He’s the best organiser we have…

  • Danish_Magpie

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #16

    My line-up would be:


    Beye………Colo….Bassong…….R. Taylor



    Bring on Guthrie for Nolan and Carroll for Owen/Oba in the second half..

  • Doocey

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Beye – Coloccini – Bassong
    Duff – Guthrie – Nolan – Jonas
    Martins – Carroll

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Oh dear. I volunteer to play ahead of theat fat f*** Nolan and the slow and weak Ryan Taylor.

    They are the two worst player sin the squad.

  • Danish_Magpie

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Waldo… I actually quite like your team. Particularly because Coloccini is used to playing in the Argentinean-type back 3 (very different from English 2 CBs as anyone who has played football or seen a lot of S. American footie will know). I would maybe suggest the following instead:

    3-5-2/5-3-2 w/ wingbacks…:


    R. Taylor…………………………………..Jonas

    We could have Guthrie coming on for Nolan and Duff replacing either of Jonas or R. Taylor. Xisco could come on for Carroll…

  • Danish_Magpie

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #20


    I disagree with you and I think your judgements are very harsh. They have come into the side at a very difficult time. I am not saying they have been impressive this far, but I think we need to stay clear of that kind of attitude. I really hate when people jump on players’ backs after just a few games; give them time to settle, get used to the team and city etc. Judge them on their performances next season. We (NUFC fans) are SO quick to judge players, managers etc… It’s why we seem fickle and like a ‘mob’ to outsiders..

  • ToonRich

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Danish, i like it…but GIVE Ranger a chance 😀

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #22

    They came from premiership teams and struggling premiership teams at that! Thwy shoulds adapt immediately.

    They are horrendous, they show no glimmer of hope.

  • Sime

    Apr 9, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #23


    wise words mate.

  • DJG

    Apr 9, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #24

    Coloccini Beye Bassong R.Taylor

    we need a settled back 4. We where good at the back when we had Saylor Colloccini Bass Jose for many games in a row.


    Apr 9, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #25

    Well that’s a bugger if I’ve ever seen one. The chances of us staying up have gone from 30/70 to about 15/85 without a left back. Anyone know when he’s back?

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 9, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Well all I can say is bollox.

    We is cursed I tells ya!!

  • BonVoyageBenny

    Apr 9, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #27


    Very Harsh to jump on players like that. They have come to what could possibly be the toughest place for a player right now. The fans expect, the manager expects, hell even the players expect but we can’t get results. I would play Guthrie ahead of Nolan, purely for the fact he has flair (Bring Nolan on second half for experiance) and Ryan Taylor at left back. A back four of Edgar/Beye – Edgar/Beye – Bassong – R. Taylor could surely deal with stoke, since they have a few main attacking men out.


    Apr 9, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #28


  • Nick D

    Apr 9, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #29

    r taylor and nolan are just 2 reasons why kinnear mustn’t be allowed back

  • ScottyT

    Apr 9, 2009 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #30

    its a joke how we still dnt have 2 left backs at the club as well as a creative centre mid.. weve needed both for a couplee of years nearly.. awful transfer windows.

    i gess my team would be:
    geremi/rtaylor beye bassong duff/edgar/jonas
    guthrie butt jonas
    carroll martins

    think the full back positions are now extremely weak. for example ryan taylor or geremi at right back i wouldnt like either.. as on the left i wouldnt have any of thm 3 either but thats what we are left with.

    still think we should play 3 upfront like last season with carroll replicating vidukas role

    in other positions butt isnt good enough anymore for me and gives the ball away way too often now. colo needs dropped simple. hes made way 2 many mistakes lately. nolan was just awful against chelsea and guthrie did more in them 15 mins or w/e it was than he did all game.

    also disappointed with harper since given left. hes not been the same for some strange reason but we need a win otherwise we are down.

  • Widowmaker

    Apr 9, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #31

    The great five year plan is actually a plan to sign another DL in 5 years. Wait and see. MA will give us a WOW signing in Left back.

  • spencil

    Apr 9, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #32


    Colo ——-beye———-bassong—–edger



  • ben-nufc

    Apr 9, 2009 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #33

    from wat iv herd geremi is unavaliable but i would go with danishs original team

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #34


  • Mo Drysdale

    Apr 10, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #35

    Lads, Stoke are a big physical team so lets give them something physical, fast and different to think about, team selections and reasons.

    Harper (6″1)

    Beye (6″2) Col (6″2) Bassong (6″3)

    Jonas (6″), Guthrie, Nolan (6″+) Martins,


    Carroll(6″3) Ranger (6″3)

    Stoke dont play with width as it is the smallest pitch in the PL so play with 3 at the back, 5 in midfield, Jonas & Martins providing the width, Owen supporting the 2 up front and Guthrie, the best passing midfielder we have pulling the strings. Nolan holding.

    On corners and set peices which are there main threat we should leave Guthrie, Martins and Owen up to draw away at least 4 of there players away from the attack, leaving 8 of our players who are all at least 6″ tall in defence.

    In attack we would have Carrol to hold the ball up and the trickery and speed of Ranger. ranger may be a novice but believe me he is good and ready, he is at least 6″3, is as fast as Martins and is a natural goal scorer. West ham gave 2 new boys a try at the weekend with the first team and both scored. Owen could assist the midfield and arrive late to help the attack, Martins can use his pace down the wing, cut in and let loose his cannons.


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