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.
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