Newcastle’s Other Squad

Wednesday, December 13, 2006 21:36 | Filed in Newcastle United

Newcastle United’s injury list is now at the level of being catastrophically silly. To be fair, Glenn Roeder new at the end of last season that he needed more bodies to arrive in the squad, he said he wanted six new players because the squad simply wasn’t big enough, and our chairman backed him to the hilt.

Well, I say backed him, but there was certainly something buried up to the hilt when four players left over the summer (Shearer, Boumsong, Bowyer, Chopra), another picked up a season-long injury and we managed to bring in three players — and Bernard who as he’s not ever been fit enough to play, doesn’t really count — we had a squad that the manager thought needed six more players, and by the time the transfer window closed, we actually had two less.

That’s just frigging great, that is. Still, Glenn Roeder has worked miracles with what little he’s had available to him and hasn’t complained about the injury list.

But it’s just bloody ridiculous when we’ve now got more injured players than fit players. Just look at this list of injured players (and that’s not counting players who suffered an injury they have now recovered from):

Steve Harper
Tim Krul
Titus Bramble
Craig Moore
Olivier Bernard
Stephen Carr
Nolberto Solano
Kieron Dyer (now onto his third injury of the season)
Damien Duff
Charles N’Zogbia
Scott Parker
Michael Owen
Shola Ameobi

In addition to this, James Milner, Obafemi Martins, Shay Given, Antoine Sibierski and Albert Luque have all missed games through injury at some point this season.

I don’t know what Newcastle United have done to upset God, but whatever it is, I’d like on behalf of the club very much to apologise and ask if we could have some of our injured players back now please. If it’s not too much to ask, a trophy would be very nice too…

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3 Comments to Newcastle’s Other Squad

  1. mark fairlamb says:

    December 14th, 2006 at 9:53 am

    i know players get knocks, but if you look over the years newcastle have had a bit of a history of long term injuries. i couldn’t possibly comment on wether this has been worse or better than other premiership clubs, but when you see similar complaints arising (hamstring, groin) you have to maybe question the conditioning of the players at some point.
    and who is responsible for that (note that one of the conditioning staff recently left the club, reason unknown)?

  2. Richard Conyard says:

    December 14th, 2006 at 10:34 am

    It is amazing how some clubs tend to pick up more injuries that others, and it’s not just that they are able to hide it through a big squad.

    Newcastle seem to have had a ‘mare this season with them and Roeder has done miracles with what he’s got available. Hopefully coming into the new year these will subside.

    I’m not a Geordie, but it’s a great club, with great fans and one of the most promising managers in the league and although I hope we (spurs), get the better of you in our two upcoming fixtures, I hope that next year will see a turn around in fortunes.

  3. Richard Conyard says:

    December 27th, 2006 at 9:50 am

    I think we rather gifted it to you in the first 10 minutes. However congratulations and by all accounts it was a cracking game :-)

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