Easily the most worrying aspect of the Newcastle injury list isn’t the length of it.
Whilst there are now 14 names on the list in various stages of injury and recovery, the fact that there are so many players isn’t a real concern in my eyes.
The fact is that until today, there wasn’t any of Newcastle’s better/key players amongst the wounded.
Daryl Janmaat pulling out of the Dutch squad with a knee problem on Tuesday morning IS a huge blow, but who else is there?
Look at the list of 14 below and tell me who you think Newcastle have been/are REALLY missing…
Steven Taylor – Hamstring Strain
Massadio Haidara – Knee Injury
Rolando Aarons – Calf Strain
Gabriel Obertan – Hamstring Strain
Sylvain Marveaux – Back in training
Curtis Good – Hip Injury
Emmanuel Riviere – Meniscus Tear
Paul Dummett – Hamstring Strain
Jack Colback – Hamstring Strain
Karl Darlow – Ankle Ligament Injury
Cheick Tiote – Back in training and 2nd half sub at Man City
Papiss Cisse – Back in training
Kevin Mbabu – Hamstring
Daryl Janmaat – Knee
Jack Colback is the only other first team player (as well as Janmaat) in the list, even then he is a pretty average player and been poor this season.
Of the rest, I suppose out of Dummett, Mbabu and Haidara we have our first choice left-back in the absence of somebody of proper quality (can’t claim Mbabu is really up to it after a game and a half).
As for the rest, they have either shown relatively nothing so far in the Premier League (Aarons still hasn’t made a Premier League start), or else they (Cisse/Tiote) are a spent force compared to when they were up to for it.
So the good, and the bad, of the situation is that the Newcastle first team and main players are pretty much all fit and available for the upcoming crucial matches, if United are going to bounce back.
On the not so positive side though is the fact that because the better players/first team have almost completely avoided the rash of injuries, this eight match streak without a win has been ‘achieved’ with United’s first choice players.
So the team at Manchester City is what we are relying on, for better or worse.
Are they the team that did so well for 40 minutes and could have gone two or three up at the Etihad, or are they basically what we saw in that second half and for much of the rest of this season?
Janmaat will obviously be a miss but at this point any club is going to be missing at least one or two first team players.
The Newcastle injury list will not be something Steve McClaren can fall back on, the players either do it against Norwich and Sunderland or else they and the Head Coach will have to face the music.
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