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Oh No – More Bad News On The Injury Front For Newcastle



Some additional bad news on Newcaste’s injury front today.

We already have 10 first-team players injured and the Telegraph (Luke Edwards) is now reporting that Callum Wilson’s hamstring injury could keep him out of the side for 6 weeks – that’s until the end of the year, and we still have 10 games to play.

And Sven Botman’s knee injury has not responded to treatment, and that could mean an operation is needed which will keep him out an additional 3 months.

He picked up his knee in jury was back in August.

This is not good news for Newcastle.

And something we haven’t heard before is that Newcastle talisman Sean Longstaff has a swollen ankle, and is now a doubt for our next game at home to Chelsea on Saturday, November 25th.

We do know that Alexander Isak should be fit for our next game and that Harvey Baranes is close to be able o play for Newcastle again.

The other good news is that Almiron only has a grade one tear of his right hamstring, so that should take two to three weeks to heal.

But the 10 games we have until the end of the year could negatively affect both our League Cup and Premier League situation.

We’re quite sure the owners are working to bring in new players – hopefully early in January – and we need around four players who can come in and produce the goods very quickly at Newcastle.

It’s much like the situation two years ago when we were fighting relegation.

Now we are trying to win the League (Carabao) Cup and finish in the top four in the Premier Leage, for the second season running.

But this is not good news today.


126 comments so far

  • The Mighty Quinn

    Nov 16, 2023 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #81

    I think we were actively looking for another striker in the summer gone. Other positions took priority and the budget was spent on them so one wasn’t brought in. Wilson missed chunks of last season and was badly out of form around this time last year. So the warning signs were there. Wilson does have a good goal ratio but how much longer can he maintain it for.

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  • check the toastie

    Nov 16, 2023 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #82

    I think we are in deep shit currently with FFP, a total swindle.

    Hopefully get some folk in on loan in Jan.

    Phillips, Timo Werner and a young midfielder hopefully

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Nov 16, 2023 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #83

    Jail

    My brother hasn’t heard yet either.

    Might be you both get Centre Court tickets for a final and those that do hear last 🙂

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  • Wor B

    Nov 16, 2023 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #84

    Lesh

    Maybe you had an alt / impersonator back then?

    Or maybe you’re the alt / impersonator and Lesh is your hostage! 😮

    Send your £10 donations to the “free Lesh campaign” at the usual address…

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  • Raj From Bangladesh

    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #85

    Eduard Spertsyan is a versatile forward £15mill?

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  • lesh

    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #86

    Wor B

    OK, I kidnapped the real lesh years ago and now you’ve blown my cover, there’s no chance anyone’s pay up. I’m sure you’ll be able to put any £10s contributed to good use. If there’s enough in the pot to stretch to a second pint…….

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  • lesh

    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #87

    Right

    It’s been a strenuous morning and I’m off for a well-deserved and early siesta.

    😉

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  • jarra mick

    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #88

    When Brucey was in charge the injuries were down to bad coaching, now they are all down to bad luck. Really think we need to have a serious look at what they are doing in training. If this continues then Howe has to go.

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  • Wor B

    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #89

    I just received a £20 donation from a Northern Home Counties address to keep lesh locked up!

    😆

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  • magicmac54

    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #90

    Lesh

    Afternoon young fella, question Lesh are you the longest serving member of the blog still actually active from it`s inception mate?

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #91

    jarra mick @ 88

    Are you serious…

    Or taking the mick?

    If the injuries are bad luck how are they EH’s fault??

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #92

    This whole “Wilson’s got a good goal ratio” is the single biggest problem when we all absorb and thrive on stats.

    A goal ratio is based on goals per minute. Which undoubtedly is terrific but misses the obvious bit…… his overall number of minutes on the pitch!

    He could have the best goal ration in the world, but that’s useless if you can’t get him on the ***ing pitch in the first place!

    Imagine a worst case scenario…A striker starts 1st game of season, scores a worldy but is crocked badly in 1st 20mins and is subbed.

    His goal ratio looks great for the rest of the season, he tops all the stats “a goal every 20mins”, but in reality he’s crocked and misses the whole season – not a lot of use then!!

    That’s the Wilson dilemma – he’s not available for enough time per season to be of any long term value. We got 2 x great little runs out of him last season, we’ve had a sporadic availability so far this time.

    I’m in the “we need a striker” camp, Wilson should be sold to help finance deal or have to settle for 3rd choice and occasional run outs when available.

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  • jarra mick

    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #93

    Bill’s son, that the point. They aren’t bad luck, they are down to bad coaching and bad management. Overplaying players that are carrying knocks and need a rest. He has spent £400 million yet he picks the same 11 players every week.

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  • jarra mick

    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #94

    If you have ever played football manager you would know that you have to rotate players when you have a busy schedule, its basic stuff.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #95

    Bill’s,
    jarra mick is a notorious mackem troll, he’s quite prolific on the BBC football comments section slagging off the toon
    PS,
    Nice one on your Wimbledon tickets, should be a great experience, hopefully you’ll get to see some decent players, we got rotten luck at Roland Garros earlier this year.

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  • Certain Toon

    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #96

    I’ve been saying that since end of last season you man boobs

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #97

    I’m not trying to make the case that Wilson isn’t somewhat injury prone and that we couldn’t do with a more reliable option, however, I do think it’s being blown a bit out of proportion, due to the overall injury crisis at present.

    Last season Wilson played in 31 PL games, 10 as a sub. Along with 5 starts in the ELC. What’s that, 7 games he wasn’t involved in?

    This season, after 12 games played in the PL, he’s managed 10 games, 5 as a sub. He’s also played in 4 cup games, twice as a sub.

    Stats taken from https://www.premierleague.com/players/8454/Callum-Wilson/overview

    Again, not saying it isn’t a problem and this isn’t a goal scoring per minutes argument, just some perspective.

    Saying all of that, wasn’t it when fans started doubting him after the WC that he then went on a “I’ll show you” rampage, shooting us into CL?

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #98

    cbob,
    It’s notice he’s being overplayed either, that injury he got against Man U a couple of seasons ago that forced is to buy Wood, I don’t even think he’d played the game before, his minutes have been managed really well, he hardly played at all at the WC before getting yet another injury.

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  • cyprus

    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #99

    RB,
    Yes I remember you too.
    Couldn’t find a communication between you and I but I was basically talking to myself then. As now 😉

    Here I am taking about two footballers called Smith and Butt. Newcastle legends! *

    https://www.nufcblog.com/2009/02/26/martins-we-need-to-grind-out-results-for-joe/
    .
    .
    *Not

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #100

    Ibiza,
    I don’t think it is, we got lucky last season, he missed half the season the one before that. Get rid. Even as third striker, you need to be fit.

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  • cyprus

    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #101

    On Wilson,

    Man we’re seriously becoming depleted. New blood needed in January.

    Hope we’re still fighting for – something by then.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #102

    Raj…I do and think we’re unlucky this season, but still agree with the upshot of it (getting a replacement).

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  • cyprus

    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #103

    Wilson is a deadly cf, best goal scoring record in the PL.

    You know the, “but….”

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 16, 2023 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #104

    Ibiza, that’s similar to what I was saying about how we absorb and use Stats.

    To say he played in 31 x games last season isn’t strictly true.

    He started in 21 x games and was a sub in a further 10 is more honest.

    It doesn’t allow for how many of those 21 he was subbed and at what point?

    This Season he’s started 5 out of 12 & been a sub a further 5, not enough for a principle striker which I’m sure is how he sees himself. If it’s true he’s missing the next 6 x weeks that’s a huge chunk of games he’s not available, again!

    There is a problem, and I agree we all need perspective, but reliance on stats that can be read or interpreted in more than one way isn’t where we’ll get perspective from, which was kinda my point. 😉

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 16, 2023 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #105

    Positive Percy

    When you said who you were originally, I thought Naaah, that’s Robbie Bobson before you did your correction. 🙂

    Good to see an old poster back.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 16, 2023 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #106

    We might as well give the kids some game time until we refresh the squad in the January window.

    Still got over half a season to get back on track.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 16, 2023 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #107

    Bob…I didn’t just say that though and what you said is exactly the same thing 🙂

    Agree with you about needing deeper info about sub times etc. Anyway, really not arguing the overriding point and as I alluded to, it’s possible the online doubt may well motivate him into a goal scoring frenzy. You know, whilst the new striker finds his feet.

    I have been in the camp that have felt we could use a 3rd striker anyway. Not that the club made a mistake, i get their thinking, but it is a position which needed looking at, no doubt.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 16, 2023 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #108

    Don’t want to overlabour the point, but..

    I was in the “we need a young back up striker” camp last January and Summer.

    We gambled due to FFP and unfortunately lost.

    The situations got worse, so we need an “oven ready” striker, not a prospect. Wilson, unless he’s sold has to drop to 3rd choice.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 16, 2023 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #109

    Forgot to put in the get out of jail clause, “in my opinion” 😀

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  • Munster Mag

    Nov 16, 2023 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #110

    Can’t believe it. I’m ata parent teacher meeting. My daughter to a project on sports washing.

    I end up in a debate defending nufc owners as the teacher mentioned the daughters good reference to the Saudis!!!

    Here I am, defending PIF and Mandy explaining that they do not dictate social policy in Saudi!!! Jeez!!!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 16, 2023 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #111

    Bob…I think we’re on the same page, or at least the same chapter mate 🙂

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  • DrGloom

    Nov 16, 2023 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #112

    magic – think lesh , myself ( as SteveP ) and clint were around back in the early days and possibly a few others – think Clint went as punk skunk or something back in those days

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 16, 2023 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #113

    Ibiza, I get your “could go on goal frenzy”, but for that to work he needs to be fit for x number of games and by all accounts that’s not going to be until after Xmas at earliest.

    It would be a massive bonus if he and Isak were both 100% fit and available from Jan – May, but would you put your house on it? 🙂

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  • Adamn_92

    Nov 16, 2023 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #114

    Some boring quick and probably not accurate maths incoming:

    Wilson last season played a total of 1,885 minutes in the league. So if we say 38 games a season in the league at 90 minutes, that’s a rough total of 3,420 minutes. So take away Wilsons minutes and that’s a difference of 1,535 minutes. So he was actually close to playing as many minutes, as he missed minutes. Which isn’t as impressive reading as saying he was in 31 matches.

    This season so far he has played 482 minutes in the league and there’s been 12 games. So 1,080 minutes, of which Wilson has played 482 means he’s missed 598 minutes. Again not great.

    I know this is super simplistic as they aren’t all injury related, sometimes Isak is just preferred. But thought it was interesting anyway!

    For another basic example, Haaland played 2777 minutes in the league last season, meaning he missed 643 minutes. Equivalent of 7 games missed.

    Wilsons last season was the equivalent of 17 games missed.

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  • Adamn_92

    Nov 16, 2023 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #115

    I’m sure my maths isn’t correct somewhere and it’s not a great method, so please feel free to correct me and tell me that doesn’t work 🙂

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  • Adamn_92

    Nov 16, 2023 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #116

    Oh sorry, plus if we use the same simple maths for this season. Wilsons minutes played compared to total matches played in the league so far, it means Wilson has missed 6.6 games already. Nearly the same amount as last season.

    (I know they aren’t all injury related, but it’s safe to assume he is rested and rotated a lot because of his injury record, so think it can still be correlated as an injury related/concern absence)

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 16, 2023 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #117

    Bills/jail,

    Get yourself tickets to flushing meadows (no billot required)

    I’ve heard that British Airways do a nice service 🙂

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  • Adamn_92

    Nov 16, 2023 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #118

    *nearly the same amount as Haaland for the entire of last season

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  • Davas

    Nov 16, 2023 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #119

    I wonder if Callum is reading the blog thinking “6 weeks out? That bloody Luke Edwards stirring it again. I’ll show these people that want to sell me”. Then he scores a hat trick against Chelsea. 😀 😀

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 16, 2023 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #120

    Davas, how I wish that happens. 😆

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