A headline caught my eye on the Newcastle injuries situation, with seven ‘first teamers’ ruled out for Saturday against Crystal Palace.
It was South London media who carried the story and headline and it didn’t appear to be in any way trying to sensationalise it, more just a case of how those looking from the outside judge what’s happening elsewhere.
These are the seven first teamers who are ruled out for tomorrow:
Cheick Tiote (groin)
Massadio Haidara (knee)
Tim Krul (knee ligaments)
Steven Taylor (hamstring)
Gabriel Obertan (hamstring)
Rolando Aarons (foot)
Emmanuel Riviere (knee)
In case you missed it earlier, Jack Colback and Karl Darlow are fit enough to make the squad but Cheick Tiote was ruled out of at least this game, wholst Massadio Haidara needs a knee operation and will be out for at least four months.
However, on the injury situation overall, this list of seven above really summed up this season.
Yes we have had numbers injured but it has very rarely been key players.
Of the seven above, only Tim Krul would be an automatic first team player and as it happens, Rob Elliot has risen to the challenge and arguably played better than Krul in these matches so far.
Of the other six above, most would/could make the bench maybe but you can hardly say they are missed, Rolando Aarons maybe has promise but he hasn’t even started a Premier League game in his career so far.
A bit like this London media report I’m referring to, superficially you could say Newcastle injuries have been bad this season but the reality is that they have hardly troubled the first team picture.
Yes strength in depth from the bench has arguably been harmed but nobody can in reality claim injury problems for Newcastle’s dismal league position and most of the results.
A bit of a relief in a way (that haven’t git key players injured) but in another worrying, as you then wonder what will happen if our better players do then get injured. Is what we are experiencing at the minute the best we can hope for on the pitch?
I hope not.