With Danny Simpson, Ryan Taylor, James Perch and Fabricio Coloccini all succumbing to injury, you could maybe start to think we’d used up all of our bad luck when it comes to player injuries.
That has not been the case. Tim Krul, whilst on international duty for Holland, injured his elbow which now sees him facing a race against time to be declared fit for Monday nights fixture against Everton. The club itself has failed to disclose any information regarding the Dutchman’s injury but reports in Holland are suggesting that this injury could see Krul out for four weeks.
With making no defensive additions during the summer transfer window, the back wall of our team seems rather weak. Injuries happen throughout the season but it has been just our luck that we have suffered a number of injuries one after the other.
Steve Harper is on standby for the game at Goodison Park, having last played in the first leg of the Europa League match against Atromitos. Hopefully Tim Krul will be fit enough to take his place in between the sticks on Monday night after having a tremendous season for the Toon last season, but if he isn’t then at least we know Harper can fill in.
It is unfortunate for Alan Pardew’s side that there have been so many injuries for him to contend with. The international break should have allowed these injuries to be dealt with and allow the players to return to the side, but it hasn’t quite happened like that.
However this question does come to mind: Should we have avoided this defensive crisis by making additions to the squad? Or is it just unlucky for us to suffer this many injuries in one area if the pitch all at the same time?
Author’s note: I’m heading off to move to the North East in the next couple of days so I can start studying Sports Journalism at Sunderland University. So I won’t be on here for a while whilst I settle in but I have left Toonsy plenty of articles for you all to enjoy!