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Why Is Steve Bruce So Surprised?

With lots of injuries in the past few weeks, Steve Bruce has expressed his surprise and says he’s never seen anything like it in his 40 years in football.

Well, he hasn’t been at Newcastle but for six months during that time.

According to the PL Injury Table, which is shown in alphabetical order these days, Newcastle have 13 injuries currently – by far the worst in the league.

But that was the number of injuries we had when Rafa Benitez arrived on Tyneside back in March 2016, and he didn’t have a left-back for quite a few games until Paul Dummett was fit again – and we got just one point from Rafa’s first four games.

Rafa solved the chronic injury problem almost immediately, and over the last three seasons, we have had very few injuries, but it now seems we are back to our usual injury status of the previous (at least) 20 years.

We are back on top of the PL Injury league at the moment with 13 injuries, and Crystal Palace are second with 10 injuries, and Watford are a poor third with 7 injuries (they have to do better than this).

Steve Bruce – surprised at all the injuries – why? 

Over the last 20 years at least, Newcastle have nearly always had the most injuries in a season in the Premier League, and now that Rafa has let us, some would say it’s back to normal again.

And most of those injuries have been hamstring injuries.

But it’s very important that we prevent these injuries and they are mostly muscular – and those types of injuries can be prevented; so we’re a little perplexed this has happened so quickly after Rafa left.

Steve Bruce says the medical staff is the same as last season which is why we are surprised this has happened.

Hopefully, this is a one-off.

But if it’s not it will severely impact the quality of side we can field each week, and it will be like we have one hand tied behind our backs in fighting against relegation.

That’s what we do every season in the Premier League under our uninspired and stubborn owner Ashley.

We hope Steve Bruce and his coaching staff can get to the bottom of why Newcastle have had the worst injury record by far in the league over the last important several weeks.

It’s just like old-times – but not good.

It’s important we get our injured players fit and playing again and don’t bring them back too quickly – as it seems we did yesterday with Paul Dummett.

What do you think?

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37 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 12, 2020 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Do we blame fire men for fires?!!

  • Jib

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Apparently in blogland they do

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Off topic sorry but Nigel Pearson is a very impressive coach/manager.
    I would have loved to have him back but this time in charge. I don’t blame SB for taking the job but I think he’s out of his depth in coaching terms and PL teams need an innovative coach!

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #4

    It would be interesting to see the injury record at SB’s previous clubs when he was coach. This has been a “Newcastle” problem in the past as we well know but what did Rafa’s team do to improve it?

  • Jib

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Looking at the injury table and PL clubs
    Hydrotherapy seems to be the answer
    The better the facility it would appear
    the less injuries and shorter recovery times

  • Jib

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Moonraker clearly watches NBCSN where Mustoe was singing Pearson’s praises

  • Bladey

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Anglo SAXON
    You don’t need a link just type in wolves fans comments

  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #8

    But we haven’t got hydrotherapy facilities Jib. A few wheelie bins full of ice is hardly state of the art rehab is it. It’s high time you realised that Ashley doesn’t care about anything other than advertising his tat!!

  • hibbit

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #9

    the vet we use has a Hydrotherapy pool and exercise water walk for dogs
    Mike Ashley has wheelie bins for multi million pound premier league player !!!

  • Anglo Saxon

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #10

    BM 0 Wt 2

  • Anglo Saxon

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Bladey got it mate cheers.

  • Jib

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Mike Ashley has wheelie bins for multi million pound premier league players

    Not any more

    They use a hydrotherapy suite in Jesmond
    but it would be better to have their own suite at Benton

  • Anglo Saxon

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #13

    What about few tins of Heinz beans bath time lots of bubbles.

  • investinyouthtoon

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Betty you forgot the kids paddling pools too. 5 star facilities we have.

  • lesh

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Repost (just in case Jiblet’s has forgotten – that’s assuming he reads ad thinks about comments before wading in with his big boots!(


    You’re either (to use your words) as thick as mince or just being plain awkward.

    The point I was making, as I’ve suggested before was that the fee reportedly paid for Joelintin was way over the top and that a fair lump of that could’ve been a retainer paid by NUFC in advance of ROGON’s services.

    It’s not unheard of in the commercial world and those if us who manage to get into the real world, know that.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #16

    How do you know they use a hydrotherapy pool in Jesmond.

  • toon22

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #17


    Now now dont dis the wheelie bins


    He works for the club 😉

  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Jail ……… The closest Jib has ever come to hydrotherapy was when him and his missus bought a water bed. Unfortunately they had to sell it as it was making them drift apart.

  • jane

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #19

    exactly toon22 ice water in wheelie bins is the same as ice water in a proper ice water thingy.

  • toon22

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Player injuries on one of the traitors ” talents “

  • toon22

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #21


    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:44 PM
    Comment #19


  • jane

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #22

    bath is the word i was looking for

  • scout

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #23

    People just looking for something to moan about SB doing a good job. Just leave it.

  • Anglo Saxon

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #24

    BM 0 W 3
    We are nowhere near the worst team in the premiership.

  • toon22

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #25


    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:52 PM
    Comment #23

    Have you watched a single game this season ?

  • jane

    Jan 12, 2020 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #26

    according to stats we are 😐

  • jane

    Jan 12, 2020 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #27

    Steve Bruce has done a good job. it’s a hard league.

  • Jib

    Jan 12, 2020 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Jail for Ashley
    How do you know they use a hydrotherapy pool in Jesmond.

    Justin Barnes told me when I went to pick up my Xmas bonus

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 12, 2020 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #29

    Bournemouth have Norwich, Brighton, & Villa next. Not completely hopeless perhaps.

  • Jib

    Jan 12, 2020 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Wahaay Nigel Pearson has pulled The Hornets out of the RZ
    If Man City twat Villa in half an hour it’s been a canny weekend

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 12, 2020 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Would you belive it watford just 4 points behind us some on here said they where dead and buried how wrong where they,that how quick things can change.

  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Jan 12, 2020 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Hi, Must apologise up front as this is sooo off subject.. But Has anyone watched the U2 concert in Berlin???
    Bono looks like Boy George… Bloody hell what’s accurin?

  • JDdubai

    Jan 12, 2020 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Someone posted a link on twitter of Bruce dismayed at injury curse or something like that.

    And the screenshots were from VIlla, Wigan, Sunderland, Birmingham, Sheff Wed I think And others. Each one he couldn’t believe his bad luck.

    If we have the same medical team as the past 3 seasons and all of a sudden we have issues then it suggests it isn’t the medical teams fault. It’s the coaching team which are the variables here. Either they don’t listen to the advice they are given or are rushing people back who aren’t fit.

  • Our Toon

    Jan 12, 2020 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #34

    Burnley and bournemouth in freefall, hopefully they continue that way. Bournemouth especially, shocking form from them and how do they not score goals with the players they got going forward

  • Anglo Saxon

    Jan 12, 2020 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #35

    Be pressure from Knob head senior and Knob head junior.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 12, 2020 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Post update
    We could see a landmark goal at Villa Park today.

    Man City striker Sergio Aguero is one goal behind Thierry Henry who holds the record for most Premier League goals by a foreign player.

  • scout

    Jan 12, 2020 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #37

    Yes seen plenty of games, it’s not easy on the eye but what do you expect?


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