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Injuries stretch Newcastle squad.

Posted on September 29th, 2009 | 26 Comments |

Jonas due to return though
Jonas due to return though
The diminutive Newcastle United squad is about to be stretched further by injuries and international duties.

Fabricio Coloccini picked up a groin strain and Ryan Taylor picked up a calf injury during Saturday’s game against Ipswich. Danny Simpson is also sidelined with an ankle injury from the Plymouth game and is doubtful for this week’s games. These add to the longer-term injuries of Shola Ameobi and Joey Barton with the latter now expected to be out until Christmas with an ankle injury.

Hughton said:

As ever we will be assessing everybody as we go along.

“Ryan has been suffering with a little tightness in his calf and is a doubt. But Fabricio looks the more doubtful of the two and we are probably more hopeful on Ryan.

“Danny Simpson has got a chance but he is again touch and go. And providing Jonas gets through the next few days without any problems, he could also be back against QPR.”

So it’s good news about Jonas but there’s going to be some defensive reshuffling needed.

The club also published a list of upcoming international duties for our players, which includes first-teamers Ranger, Geremi, Jonas, Coloccini, Khizanishvili and Vuckic playing for their respective countries from 9th-14th October. Whilst there are no league matches during the international period, potential injuries will be a concern.

We could probably do with at least another couple of loan signings although Hughton was unaware of any move for West Brom’s Abdoulaye Meite, who has been told he can leave the Baggies and who some newspapers have speculatively linked with Newcastle.

Nobody will be more aware of how stretched the squad is than Chris Hughton but it’s probably not easy to locate suitable loan targets right now and then of course he’ll have to get approval from Ashley to make his move for players.

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26 Responses

  1. wey i cant sleep either i dont know why ive got nowt on my mind and im knackered i even had some horlicks before i went to bed and i havent slept a bit and i have college in 3 hours

  2. he has a book out which puts us in the top 50 things to foul up football

    strangely he puts bill shankly in aswell-how can you not like bill shankly hes a legend

  3. Making the wife breakfast?

    Whatever next…..! lol

    ‘Im concerned about the injuries to our defence.

    Another injury to eith Enrique or Taylor now and were up the creek.

  4. I’m not being big headed or owt, but if we could keep our first team fit all season, we would win the league, no ifs, no buts. Actually no butt would be quite good IMHO. :)

    Anyway we know we are going to get injuries, Hughton knows this too and I’m sure he’s doing his best to address this.

    O/T, but I’m starting to think the gambler in Ashley will rear it’s head again and he will now wait and see how we are getting on before he sells up. He would get much better offers for a PL club. :(

  5. MT, most assessments of Moat’s buyout include provision to pay Ashley more money if/when promotion is achieved. Of course I don’t know how the press would know that but if it’s true then Ashley wouldn’t need to hang onto the club because he’d be covered either way.

  6. Hugh, if that’s true then no wonder we have no one willing to buy the club.
    Can you imagine buying something for a couple of quid at a car booty,that looks like it could fetch a lot of money at auction, but could also turn out to be a dudd, so the seller makes you sign something to say if you make a mint on it you have to pay them more to make up the difference?
    You would tell him to get stuffed. If Ashley is applying the similar criteria to the sale of the club, ie, yes I know it will be worth more in the PL, so when you get there you will have to give me more money. Ludicrous. However, as you say, it’s only paper talk, so it’s probably a load of old tosh.

  7. Hugh

    The current price for the club has many things factored into it – the likelihood of promotion the likelihood of staying in the Championship, the likelihood of relegation. The current and future financial status.

    The ONLY time that such an arrangement would take place is if the offer to purchase is discounted from the value – with an upswing on success (which in itself tends to be highly leveraged as the outgoing owner is no longer in control.)

    For example Mort could say I will pay you 75 for the club – if we are promoted in year one I will pay an additional 50,, year two 30, year three 20, year 4 onwards there is no payment etc.

    So in essence such deals are NOT generally given in a prospectus – UNLESS the clubs valuation was heavily discounted as it would lead to too much confusion.

    Ironically – with the start we have had, and the reduction of outgoings – one could argue the club is now discounted – however we were listed for sale months ago – the prospectus will be the same.

  8. Need to clarify above – the offer for the upswing is usually at the buyers instigation not the sellers UNLESS its a highly discounted sale.

  9. Stardust says:
    September 29, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Spoken like you are involved in negotiations. (Still dealing in facts are we?)

    Somethings holding it up and something has scared off ‘lots of interested parties’ as Seymour Pierce has described them.

    And don’t say the fans as we regularly have the third highest attendane in the country even now.

  10. I had to leave a comment, I enjoyed it that much and I wouldn’t normally do that on that sort of article.

    Totally conveys how many of us feel about him and how we regard him. It was like he read my mind, or maybe it’s my heart he read.

    Kevin Keegan, or even just talk of him, can reduce the most cynical and hardy supporter to an emotional daydreamer. I find the belligerence in others who use that to hammer us over the head with it, astounding.

    You can never take away the memories.

  11. this is the part when nufc falls apart ………the club have a big problem first mistake KEEGAN .second ENIRIQE AND SIMPSON……a club like nufc is buying players like them O did u forget we use to have playes like LUREN ROBERT,SPEED, BELAMY,JENAS,WOODGATE,BERNAND

  12. henock, first of all stop typing with your face. 2nd, when did you last watch NUFC? Robert? Speed? Woodgate? Turn off your “The Entertainers” DVD and get yourself to a game or at least watch the highlights on BBC1.

    We’ve already played WBA and it was a draw, remember?

    The teams to go up this season will be NUFC, WBA, Smogs. In that order, I reckon. :) Not QPR or Preston. I watched a lot of Championship football last season and the quality of the league is nowhere near the PL. Hence why a lot of teams yo-yo between them.

  13. “We could probably do with at least another couple of loan signings although Hughton was unaware of any move for West Brom’s Abdoulaye Meite, who has been told he can leave the Baggies and who some newspapers have speculatively linked with Newcastle.”

    I think they made that bit up as well, Di Matteo has said that he isn’t leaving the Baggies.

  14. bowburnmag says:
    September 29, 2009 at 11:56 am

    “Totally conveys how many of us feel about him and how we regard him. It was like he read my mind, or maybe it’s my heart he read.

    Kevin Keegan, or even just talk of him, can reduce the most cynical and hardy supporter to an emotional daydreamer.”

    Bowburn, you’ve gone Keegan radgie again. Have you taken your medication today? :-)

  15. Am I the only one who thinks of Keegan going off on one on Sky Sports about Sir Alex, you know the one search for Keegan rant on YouTube of you need reminding, whenever Worky says Keegan radgie?

  16. MICKY TOON i am a newcastle suppoter and i organize nufc at soccermanager .com havent missed a goal since 2002 and belive me we need players like them in order to play in the prmier leauge do u realy think that players like Shola Ameobi and simpson ………you will be happy for one year and will end up wishing u were stll in coca cola dummy

  17. Bowbrurnmag says:

    “Kevin Keegan, or even just talk of him, can reduce the most cynical and hardy supporter to an emotional daydreamer. I find the belligerence in others who use that to hammer us over the head with it, astounding”

    Sorry BBM but I’m a hardy and cynical supporter but bringing back KK for a second time was a stunt – pure and simple.

    Looking back on it now, when Fatman wanted to bring in Arry and we all said “Eff Off”, maybe we should have gone with Fatmans gut feel. Providing you didnt lose a hand or arm or your wallet :))

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