Newcastle have again been hit with injuries over the last week, and John Carver talked about it in his press conference yesterday, before the game at Everton tomorrow.
John Carver – I don’t like making excuses but ..
Mehdi Abeid is out for two or three weeks with a thigh muscle strain – but with Newcastle’s limited games – we have only 10 league games to play through May 24th – over two months – that means he may only miss two games at Everton tomorrow and at home to Arsenal next Saturday.
Mehdi could be available for the next game at Sunderland on Sunday 5th April.
That’s what happens when you field weakened teams in the local Cup competitions and do not participate in European competition.
You basically play only Premier League games and somebody could even work out that’s the only priority at Newcastle these days!
John Carver doesn’t like to make excuses, and one reason for that is he knows it doesn’t wash too well with Newcastle fans.
This is how the interim head coach addressed the injury situation in his press conference yesterday:
“I don’t like sitting here making excuses, but it’s like ‘Emergency – Ward 10’ at the training ground at the moment.”
“I’ve never seen so many players on crutches. Cheick Tiote came in for the first time since his surgery, and all I could hear was the crutches coming down the corridor.”
“We’ve got a tough run of games, and we’ve just got to deal with it. We’re not down to the bare bones, but we’re down to a small number of players.”
We have 10 games left in the season and we are catching Everton tomorrow between Europa League ties and they don’t have a big squad either, and the Toffees have suffered from injuries to key players this season.
We need a win, but another defeat, which would be the 6th in 11 games for John Carver, could bring some creeping anxiety back to Newcastle fans.
The last thing we want to see is what happened last season, when we went on a six game losing streak towards the end of the season, and lost seven of the last eight games.
After 28 games played last season we had 43 points so we could afford those losses so to speak – but that’s not so true this season, and we have only 35 points from our 28 games.
We need a couple of wins to be safe and get the club over 40 points for the season, but nothing is ever easy at Newcastle.
We know that through past experience.
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