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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 Though Fabian Schar appeared to have tweaked his hamstring before being withdrawn against Brentford.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

  • niafron

    Nov 23, 2021 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #81

    No message in 20 minutes…

    Is there a bug of some sort?

  • TheTinman

    Nov 23, 2021 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #82

    They’ve all been banned Niafron. Only the great and good remain

  • SuperShearer

    Nov 23, 2021 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #83

    @Jessie – I used to run a twitter account that was linked to a WordPress site that had serious security issues. As a result, because all we posted were links to said website, Twittter suspended the account.

    It’s an automated thing and they should reactivate it quite quickly (by quickly I mean by their standards of a week or two) but given the amount of ads on this site it’s highly likely there is some kind of malware that Twitter is picking up and therefore blocking.

  • niafron

    Nov 23, 2021 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #84



    Please, be careful of what you say, i almost choked myself with my morning coffee!

  • Mund

    Nov 23, 2021 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #85


    Football Insider
    Red circle FI SOURCES! Yellow circle

    – We’re told Sir Alex Ferguson is throwing his weight behind Steve Bruce landing Man United interim job. Fire

    – United hierarchy and fans need some convincing. But not many alternatives out there. Down pointing backhand index




  • Wor B

    Nov 23, 2021 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #86


    Interesting comment on the state of English crowd behaviour and noise levels.

    Like many on here, I attended English football through the seventies and eighties. It was a very different experience, almost exclusively male working class, squeezed into basic standing areas and often fuelled by alcohol, violence was commonplace.

    The tribalism and passion was real and the noise deafening. It didn’t always feel safe, but that added to the thrill of the time in my younger days.

    All-seater stadiums and the gentrification of the English game makes for a very different experience today. There is a different demographic in attendance now, which makes it difficult to recreate the atmosphere and noise of yesteryear. Last Saturday was the best it’s been at SJP for a long while.

    I guess the best way to recreate the experience of old (without the violence) is to attend away matches with the Toon Army.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 23, 2021 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #87

    You’d hope it wouldn’t take Eddie too long to realize how poor Clark is as a CB and Ritchie is in any defensive role.

  • niafron

    Nov 23, 2021 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #88

    @Wor B

    Perfectly said.

    Indeed, there’s a dilema between passion and safety, and i certainly do not advocate for open violence.

    Must be a way to have both of them, altough i’m not smart enough to find it. Just hope someone will…

  • Mund

    Nov 23, 2021 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #89

    Newcastle United FC
    “I haven’t played in three or four weeks and to score a hat-trick to get my goal tally up is quite important to me. In the short-term, I’m trying to impress the manager as much as I can.”

    Well played,

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 23, 2021 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #90

    It goes without saying Bruce as Man Utd manager would be AMAZING!!

    Knowing our luck he would end up being 100% committed and bring in some superstar coaches to work with and it will work out……

    Him standing at the sidelines doing his Komodo dragon face while Ronaldo is scowling him would be priceless

  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 23, 2021 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #91

    Mund, 9 is the classic, granddad collar and Nookie Brown.

    What’s not to love?

  • Mund

    Nov 23, 2021 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #92


    The best home and away kit ever IMO

  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 23, 2021 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #93

    Wraith and Kennedy on live now



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