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Injuries – It’s Good News For Gayle – Bad News For Anita

There good news and bad news tonight on the Newcastle injury situation according to George Caulkin of the Times.

It’s quite good news on Dwight Gayle in that his hamstring injury is not too serious and he should be back playing in two to three weeks.

But it’s not that good news for Vurnon Anita and he ankle injury and he could be out for up to three months.

Dwight Gayle – out two to three weeks

The results of the players’ scans are back and as feared Vurnon has suffered damage to the ligaments and it was always thought the Dutchman’s injury was by far the worst of the three.

So Amita could be back near the end of April and since the season finishes with one game in May he’s essentially out for the season.

Vurnon Anita – out for the rest of the season?

It’s good that Jamie Sterry has been recalled and he may have to help out DeAndre Yedlin at right back although Jesus Gamez is almost fit following his shoulder injury.

Gayle will miss probably the next four games but could be ready for the game at home to Derby County on Saturday February 4th – he could even make it back for QPR at home on February 1st – but we doubt it.

Rafa will not want to rush him back with the injury being an old one and he will want to ensure Dwight is 100% fit before returning.

And as for Isaac Hayden, it looks like it’s only a minor groin injury and he could be fit for the game at home top Rotherham on Saturday – that’s good news.

So it’s very bad news for Vurnon Anita but good news for Hayden and Gayle.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • lesh

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Jail, Steak

    It ain’t gonna happen but it’d be nice to read of Mikey boy being delighted with things so far. And it’d be nice to hear him endorsing Rafa’s aims for the Club.

    But, I suspect (why, I don’t know) that there’s been some discord between Rafa and Ashley. I won’t include Charnley as he’s Ashley’s man on the ground – his gofor.

    And where does Carr fit in with this? Now if Rafa were to go and take his scouting network with him………


  • JamesToon

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #2

    What we need is a statement from charnley/ashley or even rafa himself just to repeat what was said back in may and say if anything has changed regarding the policy or whether rafa buys into the sell on value policy etc

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #3

    This is what Gamez is for, Yedlin should now slot it to RB but if we get really unlucky then hopefully Gamez is fit, we’d have seen Gouffran at RB previously in a situation like that.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Why was KB there?

  • Jib

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #5

    The U23’s got beat off Swansea this evening.

    This is interesting because

    Rob Elliot
    Stuart Findlay
    Dan Barlaser
    Jamie Holmes
    Luke Charman
    Yasin Ben El-Mhanni.

    were all left out of the side

    I’d love to see some of them get a game against Birmingham City on Wednesday

  • Jib

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Zola hasn’t won a game since being appointed and now Birmingham are 12th.

    When Gary Rowett was sacked just before Christmas they were 7th – he must be laughing his cock off.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Sorry to hear about Anita, this may scupper his chances of a new contract with us. I’d prefer to sterry get games or gamez when he is fit. Sterry looked comfortable and promising in the couple games he played last year in the first team.

    It doesn’t look like heardman is getting a run out tomorrow, would like to see Findlay and barlaser get game time. Especially barlaser, he’s a good player in midfield, comfortable and calm on the ball. Might be nice to El-mhanni in the first team too.

    In fact, due to Anita suffering this injury. I wouldn’t mind seeing sterry and barlaser covering for him in rb and cm. The year we had in the championship previously was the making of Andy Carroll, if we weren’t relegated he wouldn’t have come through the ranks imo. Some of these youngsters just need an opportunity like that.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 17, 2017 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #8


    I agree that there seems to be to much paranoia just because Ashley decides to attend a game for the club he owns.

    But if the doom sayers are correct in their looking for bogeymen scenarios, could it be that he thinks that failure to get promotion from the position we are in is highly unlikely and he may just want to reassert his alpha wolf status.

    I don’t think that is the case but just thought I’d chuck that thought into the arena.

    From that list you mentioned I was already minded to select Elliot for my bingo team.

  • TyneMouth

    Jan 17, 2017 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Saturday the 15th of January 2017, Mike Ashley owner of Newcastle United FC is driven 16 miles from his home to watch his team play Brentford, he is joined by his mate Keith. Everything is sofar very Kosher.

    Next day, Sunday, a football artical written by a midland based journalist appears in a Sunday tabloid. This writer is known to be a supporter of Aston Villa, a wannabe rival to the north-east’s finest team.

    The Artical infers that Ashley is over-riding Manager Benitez’s recruitment policy!

    Shock horror! This would be a sensational turn of events, bearing in mind that NUFC are top of the league, highest goal scorers, equal in promotion progress to the successful promotion team of five years ago.

    Newcastle are also playing to sold out stadiums, home and away. On a business front the team was totally refreshed last summer, fresh blood was brought in a host of expensive deadwood was jettisoned. The wage bill was reduced.

    There have been numerous improvements to the facilities, the training and the methodology.

    The whole sporting culture of the hast been radically modernised, and the relationships with the fans and the community is as good as the wonderful Keegan/Robson years.

    And yet. One ill-informed, malicious newspaper Artical has caused nightmare on Gallowgate.

    Ashley is a business man, his track record, during his ownship of NUFC, is appalling, but even he wouldn’t risk disrupting the promotion push, or the short term negative affect of imminent season ticket sales.

    There is not a single fact to support this paranoia. It’s like pass the parcel, it goes from post to post, opinions are added, facts are lost, common sense goes over the bar.

    We should be celebrating the return of Big- Mouth, the less than feared injuries, (get well soon, Vern,)

    Looking forward to the words of Raffa on Tuesday.
    Howay the Lads…

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jan 17, 2017 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #10

    And BOOM where is our real striker now? Good luck finding one on the cheap. Poor Mitro perfect timing for him to blast them in 🙁


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