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Another Player Injured In Training – What’s Going On?

We don’t know exactly what Newcastle do in training these days,  but out players keep picking up injuries and news today that after Mehdi Abeid has just made it back from the broken toe he picked up in mid-November while he was with the full Algerian squad – he is injured again – this time a thigh injury.

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Mehdi Abeid against Burnley – injured again

And Newcastle United are at the top of the injuries list again for the Premier League with 10 injured players,  and we’ve been top for most of the season, and we have two more than second placed Arsenal and Liverpool – who of course have much bigger squads.

This is what John Carver has said about Abeid:

“Mehdi Abeid is out with a thigh injury – that’s two to three weeks.” “It’s another headache, and it’s unexpected,” 

“It’s at a time where he saw this as an opportunity to get back in the team.” “After he broke his toe after the international break – he did it on international duty – he must have seen it as an opportunity.”

“It’s a blow – another blow – but you’ve got to get on with it.”

But hey – there comes a time when you cannot just accept all of these injuries are just bad luck, and the club must be doing something wrong in training – no other club in the Premier League picks up as many injuries as Newcastle.

Newcastle should launch an investigation by looking at the procedures they use in training along with the types of  injuries these players are picking up,  and try to make the link – because something is not right.

Since we’ll never have a big squad as long as Mike Ashley is the owner, it would be worth the effort to try to reduce the number of injuries our players are picking up at the Benton Training grounds.

What do you think?

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10 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Mar 14, 2015 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #1

    We’re a bit like a drunk making his way home after a particularly heavy session in the local. Stumbling, falling,getting up again,weaving his way across the pavement, only a vague idea where he’s heading.
    Sooner or later he’ll end up under a bus.

  • BandB

    Mar 14, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Good to see John rolling up his sleeves and getting on with it. Admirable qualities for any head coach, I’m sure you’ll agree.
    And he’s showing that there’s no need to let a bare bones squad get you down. Imagine if he was given the chance to show what he could do when our stars are all fit.

  • SaveNUFC

    Mar 14, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #3

    What is the chance of coaches getting injured too?

  • Ian Toon

    Mar 14, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #4

    BandB- Hope everything going well in your world and your doing OK.
    Interesting thought and you do have a point. I personally do try and take a positive view whilst not going the whole hog towards nothing is impossible. Have to admit JC has an aweful lot to do to get my vote. He has seemed tactically naive by any standards.
    Mind, it’s early and I have to work and get my brain into gear.

    Totally unrelated I still laugh at your take on ” of a certain generation and my experience of an enforcer”.
    Enjoy your weekend .

  • SaveNUFC

    Mar 14, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #5

    John Carver is a living proof that Neanderthals still exist to this day. They didn’t get extinct. I can understand the problem of our depleted and still depleting squad but his tactics are horrible. Against ManU he can’t even see what is wrong–using Riviere instead of Perez and not substituting Abeid (his performance that day was so embarrassing) even though he was losing lots of possession and giving away passes says a lot about how much JC knows about managing. All he talks about was Jose praising him after the lost against Chelsea. Pathetic. And the sad thing is if he finishes in the top 10 by luck he will end up being the Coach next season and then it will be relegation fight from the start. I rather finish in 15th this season and not have JC in our club next season. The best he can do is just being a regular fan. Unlike many fans I’m not asking for exciting game matches- I’m simply asking for playing the game with strong positive attitude no matter what is we lose or not.

  • SaveNUFC

    Mar 14, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #6

    *no matter what if we lose or not.


    Mar 14, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #7

    This sounds all too Familiar.

    We have a very small squad compared with the ‘So called “- BIG clubs in the league which means that with only one or two players out with Injury the Team choice for any Head Coach is difficult.

    When you have an Assistant in charge waiting to see if he is going to be promoted to Head Coach, plus all the crap rumours and Media shieiiite flying around , well this is the Circus that Newcastle United FC ! Which ever way i look at it, JC would be out of his depth as Head Coach ?

    Since Ashley came, in 2008, he has milked us for Profit and screwed the club for as much as he can get. Free Advertising for “SPOTTING DICK”! Ashley,s Business Empire has been built up and financed to a point with revenue from our once Proud Club !

    For as Long as 50,000 people pack into St James every week of every year and people keep making purchases in his shops around UK then we will continue to be the Pith pole of Mr Ashley,s Business Club.

    We are, at this moment a Mid Table club with absolutely no chance of winning anything or getting anywhere near the top 6 of the Prem.
    The attitude of the people in charge,in my opinion, alas seems to be ‘STAY in the Prem for the TVmoney,sponsorship.

    Dont,t on any account get into any sort of European Competition because there will be too many games and the Squad is too small to compete in Europe and play in the Prem at the same time, keep playing well enough and accumulate points in the Prem so that our Prem status is guaranteed in any one season.
    Pick a weakened Team for any on FACup or League Cup competition. because we can.t play too many games as the squad is so small that the injuries accumulated will jeaopordise our standing in the Prem !

    Finally, who can we sell for a whacking big Profit in January to optimise our Financial Standing in comparison to the DEBT ridden cluibs at the top? After all we have to keep the Money Koffers of Spotting Dick filled up to capacity! In short our once Proud Club IS A SHADOW of what it once was 15 years ago, maybe even 10 years ago and this is where Ashley has taken us !

    My appearances on here are now few and far between, as are my visits to my Home Town Newcastle ( last time was last april; 0-4 loss to Manure )

    Its a damn shame because with any other owner and a decent trainer, we could be a major player in the Prem but we are going no-where., and will not realise our full potential with the present regime.

    FDB called us a Sleeping Giant, well we may wake up sometime, the question is when?


  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 14, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #8

    I like that Band B – “when our stars are all fit”…..that’s funny…

  • lesh

    Mar 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Carver is interim Head Coach and as in his position of senior coach, he has been responsible for the training regime.

    Ultimately he must bear the responsibility for injuries incurred during training.

    And there we have another reason Ashley should recruit the Head Coach from outside of the Club – Carver’s just not up to the role. He’s a perfect example of Parkinson’s Law where he’s been promoted to the level of his own incompetence!

  • theleckworthbird

    Mar 14, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Why haven’t Pardew’s Palace got these problems?
    We have had injuries all season and seasons before. Is it Carver’s training methods to blame. We are way ahead in the injury stakes. Something is very wrong. Of course having too small a squad goes a long way to supplying an answer.


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