Can Alan Pardew’s injury crisis grow any further?

Taylor to miss the rest of the season
Last weekend seemed to be a weekend to forget for Alan Pardew after losing both of his centre-backs to injury. Steven Taylor is out for the season and Fabricio Coloccini is rated as ‘touch and go’ for this afternoons trip to Norwich City.

Pardew’s pre-match press conference dealt further bad news that Danny Guthrie had sustained a groin injury that will see him be out for a period between four to six weeks. With Chiek Tiote nowhere near a return, the Newcastle squad is beginning to look rather bare.

The injuries have come at an unfortunate time in the football calendar; the period where most games are played in one month. This is the month when picking points up is vital for a team to continue their momentum, Pardew’s will not be lost but he must prepare his ‘Geordie heroes’ for the next few weeks and the opposition he will have to come across.

Tiote has been out for several weeks with what is known as a knee injury but the full details of it have not been disclosed. That is the worrying aspect of his injury, if it was something serious it should be put out into the fans knowledge but with no new information surrounding the Ivorian international it suggests that he is going to be out for a long time. There is of course the other factor of an alleged groin injury floating about, so which one is it?

In his absence the forgotten man Danny Guthrie was handed his chance to redeem himself by Alan Pardew. Guthrie has acquitted himself very well whilst finding himself in Alan Pardew’s side and it comes with a big blow for him after having made a successful return from his injuries that he now finds himself on the sidelines yet again.

Many expect Dan Gosling to get a chance against the Canaries, allowing a perfect opportunity for him to take his chance and make his way into the squad for the foreseeable future. The U21 International has had more game time than others on the bench and it will be no surprise to see him in the starting lineup. This is his platform to show to all the fans and Alan Pardew that he is ready to take this chance and make the step up into the first-team.

Another forgotten man is expected to return to the Newcastle fold since his last appearance being in the 4-0 defeat by Arsenal in last season’s Carling Cup tie at St James’ Park. Tamas Kadar has been handed squad number 40, having previously had not squad number attached to his name and the messages coming out of the Newcastle camp that he needed to improve his desire for playing for the club to get back into the first team. This could be his chance to make a name for himself and he certainly has the support of the fans to be started tomorrow.

But the main issue is, can the team take any more hits? With the squad affected by so many injuries in recent weeks, the team looks very bare. Avoiding injuries is key for the next few fixtures, while Coloccini may make a quick return to the side this afternoon, along with Mike Williamson who needs to gain some match fitness and game time before he can return to the fold next week against Swansea, can we afford any more injuries?

The worrying thing would be if Newcastle were to take any more injuries, than Pardew will have a true test of his credentials. But it may not come to that and no doubt the silver haired manager will prepare those coming into the side for the remaining fixtures in December.

There is confidence in the Newcastle camp and the spirit in the way that they play for each other, there’s no denying that and expect I those who take to the field later to give their all for the black and white shirt.

About Zoë Vicarage

A lifelong Newcastle fan. Currently exiled in Sunderland studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland Follow me on Twitter: @ZoeVicarage

36 thoughts on “Can Alan Pardew’s injury crisis grow any further?

  1. In the absence of Collo, I would go:
    Jonas—–Gosling——–Ben Arfa

    Bench: Best/Sammy/Fergie/Smith (or Abeid)/Obertan(or Vukic)/Kadar
    If Benny/Santon struggle we can mix it up with Fergie coming on.
    We need Demba/Shola height for set pieces at both ends
    Although on the right we keep Raylor/Jonas together ❓


  2. I sure hope it doesn,t get any worse. Good to see the youngsters and squad players getting involved. I expect Krul, Simpson, Perch, Kadar, Raylor with Gosling in CM in a 442? But would like to see Santon at LB with Raylor on the right of a 433 making a more attacking line up.


  3. Good article Zoe, yes it can get worse but 3 points today and nae injuries would be just what the doctor ordered……please 😀


  4. i think this one will be real tough even harder than the m/u game through our injurys you can fit in one or maybe two but its hard with 3 plus in the heart of the defence going to need obertan to use his heed on the break imo


  5. Cheers Richie, I’m experimenting with a new style of writing at the moment aha! So glad you like it.


  6. Our injury crisis can most definitely worsen, hopefully it won’t though !
    Both of our full backs have performed heroically so far this season, we don’t need them getting injured.

    There again, injuries will ultimately force Pardew’s hand, then he will be forced to play Santone, Vukic, Fergie one way or another ! The lads will perform well, then we’ll all wonder why Pardew hasn’t played the lads sooner !


  7. 🙄 😆
    Richie you are funny but i suppose with a face like yours you have to find someway of deflecting the abuse.
    Zoe you just keep doing what your doing and keep knocking them out.


  8. [email protected], it’s not just the heart of defence though mate, it’s the whole bloody torso of our team now. Without Guthrie and Tiote I reckon we might see a change in formation and a bit of the old switcheroo.


    Santon – Simpson – Perch – Raylor




    (is that a Christmas tree formation? Unintentional if it is, it’s seasonal so why not)

    …I think we might even see Gosling at right back with Santon at RW. We’ll probably not see anything too adventurous though, knowing Pardew.


  9. bit of a non-question really… of course it can grow further! Demba injures his knee, Santon takes a hard tackle on his full debut, Cabaye gets hamstrung… insert any player name and injury from the entire playing squad. We got 3 injuries last week so we could easily get another 3 this week. Not that that is in either likely or unlikely, it’s just possible!
    Really, reeaaaallly hoping for a positve result here. Show the lads they can do it with a squad forced into rotation… HWTL


  10. job and house is going super…. single now but lucky owld dog gave me some great advice

    “sleep with her best mate son that will get back at the bitch” 😉


  11. This last 7 days typifies what it is to be a toon fan.

    The majority (not me) expected us to sweep aside Champions League contending Chelseas last week, and now those same fans are getting all cagey about a trip to Carrow Road.

    Makes me laugh 😆


  12. Completely different scenario this week though TC.

    Last weekend most were confident on a return of Tiote, and we still had Taylor and Colo at the heart of our defence.

    Losing those 3 players leaves a gaping hole, and is the difference between a loss and a win. I was confident of scraping a 1-nil win last weekend because of it (and on present form and past results), this weekend I’m expecting a high scoring game, maybe a 2-2 draw or 3-2 either way.


  13. Rod – it’s fooking Norwich man. Howay.

    I don’t care if we have to field the U16’s – these are the games we should be winning – not Chelsea, Man U etc.


  14. CC, yes.

    He’s almost as annoying as Mancini, although the latter did pen the Pink Panther theme tune and ‘Peter Gunn’, so I’ll at least give him credit for those two cracking tunes.


  15. Krul, R Taylor, Simpson, Perch, Santon, Obertan, Cabaye, Gosling, Jonas (c) Ba, Shola Ameobi

    Subs: Elliot, Ferguson, Smith, Sammy Ameobi, HBA, Lovenkrands, Best


  16. TC, yeah I agree we should be winning these games, but we’re using a makeshift defence which is never good, even for the ‘big 3’. Our past results at their place ain’t too hot either. I hope I’m wrong and we batter them.

    (mmm, battered canary – dinner time for me….)


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