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Injuries And Suspension Threaten Newcastle Season

One more yellow card for either Cheick Tiote or Kevin Nolan and they will get suspensions for two games.

Jonas Gutierrez – unlikely to play tomorrow

It turns  out that both Kevin and Cheick are on 9 yellow cards for the season, and another yellow card will see them be suspended for two games, so that’s not good news for the Newcastle team or the fans for that matter.

We’ve already been without Joey Barton for two games, in which we got a a solitary point, and Jose Enrique is out at least for the game tomorrow, and let’s be honest,  we’re not the same side when some of  our  top players is missing.

And the news today is that Stephen Ireland is out at least another two weeks with his thigh in jury, which he picked up after recovering from his long term ankle injury – but he still hasn’t played a single minute ion Newcastle colors since he arrived on loan back on January 31st.

Jonas Gutierrez has not trained all week and only returned to Newcastle last night, as one of our readers, Vandinhio, was on the same plane coming into Newcastle,  so he must be a big doubt to play tomorrow afternoon – Gutierrez that is.


And if you want to get a little more worried, since our two great wins against Wigan and West Ham in the first two games this year, Newcastle have now gone 9 games with just one win at Birmingham, including the loss at Stevenage, although there are five draws in there but only 8 points from the 8 league games played.

This is what Alan Pardew told the local Newcastle press today about Barton and Gutierrez:

“I am going to have to make a late decision.” “Both are very close, but we cannot risk them in a game of this magnitude.” “It is physical power you need on the pitch against Stoke. It is a small pitch and there will be battles all over the pitch.”

“I have to make sure my team is strong enough to cope with that and it plays its own game.” “It is something like 700 square meters smaller than our pitch at St James’ and we need to use the  full width and  keep possession.”

“We need to be able to cope with them and dictate the pressure of the game.” “You are going to miss a player of Joey’s quality and I am not going to try and disguise that.”  “I am hopeful he will be available for this one, but we are just going to have to wait and see.”

The injury problems have come when the Newcastle side have had very few games to play, so that has to be good news, but we’re a little surprised that  Joey Barton and Stephen Ireland have been out for so long, with what were supposed to be fairly short term injuries.

At the moment we have Ben Arfa, Gosling, Smith, Enrique, Barton, Ireland and Gutierrez all out with injury, and the only good news is that young Nile Ranger is fit again, and Joey may play tomorrow.

Ryan Taylor is suspended for another two games and Kevin Nolan and Cheick Tiote are one caution away from missing two games through suspension.  So it’s hardly a good situation at Newcastle right now, and that’s why tomorrow’s game takes on even more importance.

On the positive side it gives a chance for our fringe players to come through and get the job done for Newcastle, and that’s what we are hoping will happen tomorrow afternoon.

And if Jonas Gutierrez cannot start give young Shane Ferguson a chance on the left wing, because the last thing we want to see is what Sam Allardyce used to do – and play his best 11 players but played a number of them out of position, and they were like square pegs in round holes.

We don’t want to see Sol Campbell out there on the left wing tomorrow afternoon.

Give the youngsters a chance at Newcastle to show what they can do, and in all likelihood they’ll give us all a pleasant surprise,  just like they’ve done in the past.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • Solaidback

    Mar 18, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #1

    So if El Toro is injured & not playing tomoz, wouldn’t it be better to play young Ferguson at LB & not on the wing, as we don’t have anyone else to cover the LB slot, as we saw that Simmo is way out of his depth on the left & Saylor isn’t much better at RB either… so I would play this formation:

    Simmo, Willo, Colo, Fergie
    Barton/Ranger, Tiote, Nolan, Vuckic/Jonas
    Best, Loverboy

    As most of our midfielders are out injured, we’re down to the raw bones on who can play where without too many players playing out of position imo…. 🙁

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Mar 18, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Does anyone know what is happening with Vuckic? Has he recovered yet?? surely he is worth a start on the bench at least, he is a decent build as well and I think he would cope well with the Physicality of Stoke

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 18, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Yet again we get more garbage from Pardew about the situation about injuries at NUFC. On Monday he told the Chronicle that Jonas was fine – bullshit. Barton’s slight injury is now 4 weeks old. He has talked nothing but bollocks about Ireland, because the whole world knows that the club dhould never have signed him. This was the bloke that was going to be ready in 2 weeks when he was signed – more garbage. I was in the player’s lounge after the Everton game, and reported on this site that Jose was going to be out for 4 weeks minimum, but we’ve had to listen to reports of him being ‘doubtful’ for tomorrow. I told you in January that Gosling was desperately battling to save his career – the club choose to put out bollocks about him being back in 3/4 weeks. That was 6 weeks ago, since then, nothing. Lies, lies, lies. Any wonder that that Jose comes out publicly and says that the club is badly run. What will they do if Nolan and /or Tiote are booked tomorrow, and get suspende for 2 games? Routledge allowed to leave as well as you know who, a cripple signed, and still we have people on this site making optimistic noises about how the club is run. I wonder if they’ll still come on here in May.

  • geoff777

    Mar 18, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #4

    I know a lot of people who comment on this blog think we should all get behind Ashley, Llambias & Pardew and support the club and not criticise.

    But there is no doubt in my mind this club is very badly run and has been since Ashley completed his takeover.

  • Burni

    Mar 18, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Jimmy, me and you dont tend to see eye to eye as I feel that you tend to over react….. but….. Im starting to get sick of what seems to be inconsistencies coming from Pardew, like Carrolls injury , Irelands and Bartons too. its all a bit weird and that coupled with other injuries and looming suspensions are making me feel a bit uneasy. I will still be here in May but im gradually becoming less optimistic. I still love the toon and as ed says anything more than a defeat will be fine the morra!

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 18, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Burni – we’re in the same corner mate, and want the same end result, just differ about what is happening at our club. Let’s pray it all has a happy ending. I’m with you about tomorrow, anything at all points wise will be an unexpected bonus.


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