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There Is At Least One Positive Heading Into The Hectic Holiday Schedule For Newcastle



Newcastle are heading into a stretch of 9 matches in just over five weeks if you include our trip to Southampton on January 2nd. This is the time when squads are often stretched very thin.

Fortunately, Newcastle have just one player who is currently on the mend in Paul Dummett. Though Fabian Schar appeared to have tweaked his hamstring before being withdrawn against Brentford. He continued on after receiving treatment but it’s unclear if his substitution was tactical or due to an injury.

Paul Dummett is the only player ruled out for this weekend’s trip to Arsenal at the moment. The 30-year-old has yet to feature after suffering a calf injury in the preseason. He has made just 16 appearances since suffering a torn Achilles in January of 2020.

The Chronicle is reporting that Dummett is close to a return. They expect the defender to be back in contention in December just in time for a brutal stretch of fixtures to close out the year.

Dummett’s return would help boost what has been a calamitous defense. If Howe opts to go with a back four, Dummett would be a very good defensive option at left-back. Or he could slot straight back into the left side of a back three where he played down the stretch last season.

Another player who has struggled with a chronic injury is Elliot Anderson. The now 19-year-old was shut down prior to the start of the preseason due to a hip injury. He returned in September with the U23s before being shut down again in October.

However, Anderson is back again and firing away for Elliot Dickman’s U23s. He has 5 goals for Newcastle’s second string including a hat-trick on Monday night at Nottingham Forest.

Newcastle have struggled with fitness issues over the previous two hectic Decembers. Last season, it was a Covid outbreak that shut down Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamaal Lascelles for over a month.

The season before we struggled to field center-backs with Florian Lejeune forced to play four matches in 10 days immediately after returning from his second serious knee injury.

Thankfully, at least at the moment, the injuries are practically non-existent. That could be a mitigating factor in how Newcastle fare as we close out the year.


93 comments so far

  • Wor B

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #1

    nooooo

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  • Magnus Pie

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Hi all!

    Long time since I latest posted, but I’m still following and reading of course.

    It is back in this club. Hope. The one thing we’ve been humble enough to ask and/or pray for the last plus decade.

    I always stand up for my believes against injustice (as I’m sure some of you know), hence the fight to embody one of such for myself in the case of this take over.

    To my surprise, it only took me a short while to land an opinion. This time I’m not one-sided throughout, though.

    In the name of the game; I don’t think you are able to.

    Top league football is money OR struggle.
    Politics OR league two.
    Oil/gas OR Sunderland
    CL OR member ownership.

    Within this argument (conclusion soon presented) these premises trump those of morality. It is as so BECAUSE the argument itself has no room within football.

    My conclusion is that it is a game. The rules are available. I’m so happy we are by far richest of all.

    Don’t hate the player, hate the pompous and corrupted desicion makers if any. But more than that, hate the way the power is over and over handed over to the persons who are weak and not brave enough to question the system that made this top-club-football-routine current and widely approved.

    I cannot express enough how good it feels to take the high road for the first time in my life as a 40-year old moralist.

    HOWAY LIFE!
    HOWAY THE LADS!

    Linton looks proper, huh? Maybe Bruce wasn’t right for us after all… Hahahhaha

    9
  • naptoon

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #3

    D.o.f needed ASAP what is it 6 weeks till window opens …. whoever it is will have to work fast.

    2
  • Jessie

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Magnus Pie,

    Good to see you! I’m still waiting patiently for the link to that new song you talked about. 🙂

    4
  • naptoon

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #5

    On lascelles form we could do with him catching another bout so fed is put back in.

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  • Mund

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Welcome back Magnus Pie

    3
  • Mund

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Fenham

    I suppose if all is true or along the lines of the truth it has more to do with how Fede’s has responded to it all and maybe he isn’t doing himself any favours.

    Like you say we don’t really know but there has to be something up as he was a Trojan for us and should be playing a big part in our season.

    2
  • Magnus Pie

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Thanks guys..

    Jessie, it’s been a bit rough here, so the song is still not out. We have just started recording again, but it is an epos even longer than the one you’ve heard. It will take some time but I will put it up here as soon as it is done!

    3
  • jane

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Magnus i keep an eye on how Hammarby are doing. your season is nearly finished. good you are a moralist.

    2
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #10

    I like Fede, he’s among my favourite players, but it’s probably fair to say that at 32 he isn’t as fast as you’d ideally want out of a cb in this league. I’d pick him, in a defence that also included Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar and Dummett, but no combination of defenders or system we pick is anything better than bottom third. We are definitely stronger in attack.

    3
  • Romford mag

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #11
  • Jessie

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Hey everyone,

    The blog’s twitter account is currently scrubbed/gone. We’ve reached out to twitter to see if we can get it restored, but no word yet. We may have to create a new account.

    Anyway, just wanted to inform you of that bit of drama. Never a dull moment, am I right? 😆

    4
  • Mund

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Jessie

    Did Twitter give you an explanation of what happened? Strange as all you seem to tweet is the articles of the blog

    0
  • jane

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #14

    your rivals missed a good chance to go top tonight.

    1
  • jane

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #15

    Mund it would be a disaster for you if twitter went down completely. you would have to get a job.

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  • Jessie

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Mund,

    Yeah, it’s really weird! Haven’t heard back from twitter yet. We definitely don’t post about anything controversial or whatnot to deserve getting taken down.

    Honestly, I think there was an account password issue, and they deactivated the page as a precaution against hacking.

    1
  • Jessie

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #17

    jane,

    Mund has stood up for you recently, so maybe cut him some slack??

    6
  • Magnus Pie

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Jane

    Hi! So cool that you do. Hope you are well!

    Two games left. Fifth place. Top four have chance in europe. Super tight up there.

    What we did though is to win the Swedish cup for the first time ever. Only our 2nd win overall (we won the league 20years ago).

    My biggest football moment together with M. Longstaff’s goal against manure.

    Here comes a recap of the whole cup from Hammarby’s perspective in a link. Only Five minutes or so… Worth to see! Showed my parents who are not supporters and they started crying with emotion…

    The final was won on penalties… Enjoy!

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=asBhUmzkasY&feature=share

    2
  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #19

    Jane

    Is your avatar a close up of Simon Jordan’s face is it a selfie? 😉

    3
  • Mund

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Jessie

    Aye Twitter admin can be a strange one and the way it’s policed. Totally backwards in going forwards.

    I’m sure you will get it sorted and be back up and running in no time.

    1
  • NY Mag

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Fenham,

    Too smooth…need a few dimples and creases in there 🙂

    1
  • Scythe

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #22

    If Jones fell out with Fede (which is purely Twitter speculation I’m sure) then it shouldn’t have any impact at all on his current team selection. Like others have said, under Howe everyone should have a fresh start.

    Why would Howe drop someone from selection because a coach who he didn’t even bring into the club had some previous issue with a player? Makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, does it? Has to be something else to it.

    3
  • jane

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #23

    i know he has but i think he knows i’m only joking. we have a love hate relationship.

    4
  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #24

    NY Mag

    Hmm must have air brushed them out 😉

    1
  • NY Mag

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Scythe,

    I’m with you on that…..you don’t get dropped out of the squad by two different coaches for no reason.
    Gotta be something related to training.

    0
  • NY Mag

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #26

    Fenham,

    Aye, apparently he’s good at that 😀

    0
  • jane

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #27

    Fenham to Chalfont my avatar is a traffic light system. NY Mag i think it was wise to resist your pressure to go green too soon.

    1
  • Magnus Pie

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #28

    Jane

    Oh yes! The most disgusting of all disgusting things about Djurgården is that they since a few years back are playing at our new arena.

    The coolest thing though is that Hammarby’s women team had 18.000 (really!) supporters last home game, while Djurgården’s men’s team had around 15-16 thousand. We have more culture than what is graspable. And we have been s***t on the pitch since forever! Now though… We’re om the up! Just like NUFC.

    5
  • NY Mag

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Jane,

    I think I’d probably go green at this point, we’re not in the position, nor do we have the points on the board – but we’re definitely on the up.

    If you can’t be positive now, then I don’t know when you can be!!

    0
  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 22, 2021 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Jane

    The old traffic light system. So you are being cautious then. I think the day our previous so called owner left it should have gone green surely? Or are you worried that we may get relegated if so try not to worry. We have great times ahead that’s a 100% fact under this new ownership. Caio for now

    0
  • jane

    Nov 23, 2021 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #31

    i don’t know that how amazing i’ll watch the video now thanks

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020%E2%80%9321_Svenska_Cupen#Final

    2
  • jane

    Nov 23, 2021 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #32

    i love the passion of Hammarby fans.

    3
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 23, 2021 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #33

    Well that’s the last of this pesky night shift, back on days before we go home on Wednesday 😀

    2
  • Magnus Pie

    Nov 23, 2021 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #34

    Jane

    Take credit yourself!
    You are one of us. I mean it’s only Sweden and Allsvenskan, no magpie would judge…

    1
  • NY Mag

    Nov 23, 2021 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #35

    Jail,

    Good on yer, seems like you’ve been messed about quite a bit.

    0
  • jane

    Nov 23, 2021 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #36

    “no magpie would judge…”

    we would be very happy with a cup.

    2
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 23, 2021 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #37

    NY Mag,
    We could be finished up here next February, we’re issuing an ultimatum, either put us on a fixed rota or we’ll be looking for work elsewhere.

    1
  • NY Mag

    Nov 23, 2021 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #38

    Jail,

    I suppose that might work both ways, but good on yer for standing your ground

    0
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 23, 2021 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #39

    NY Mag,
    We have to, we’ve been working like this for a year and a half, we don’t know when we’re due off or when we’re coming back, we’re paid for when we’re not here but the novelty has worn off, they’ve basically got us on 28 days standby for 15 days pay and we’re fed up, you can’t plan anything, match tickets going away for a weekend, hopefully we’ll resolve it before February.

    1
  • Magnus Pie

    Nov 23, 2021 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #40

    Jane

    Only ment that no one would judge if you fancy another team on the side ?

    1


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