Newcastle United injuries keep piling up for Pardew
Things are starting to go a bit pear-shaped for Newcastle who finished fifth in the Premier League table last season although the Magpies might do well to land a top-half place in the table come May.
November 27th, 2012
Alan Pardew’s team are currently 14th and they go to Stoke on Wednesday night off the back of three straight defeats in the league, the latest of which was a 2-0 reverse at Southampton.
The manager has been dealt a blow with news that Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor are likely to be missing in action until February, with the Frenchman a particularly big miss considering what a big impact he had last season.
Asked if the news on Taylor was worse than first feared, the manager said: “It probably is.
“It’s about six to eight weeks, we think, so it’s another blow. We are in a run of bad luck for us.
“He’s an important player and we hope for a speedy recovery.
“He’s cursing his luck a little bit, but unfortunately for Steven, his record is that he does pick up injuries.
“Maybe the fact that we have had to call upon him more than perhaps we would like with the injuries and Colo’s [Fabricio Coloccini’s] suspension has probably compounded the issue.”
On Cabaye, Pardew added: “He’s had one side of his groin done and that caused a potential weakness in the other side, so that needs to be done.
“That will be done, I think, today or tomorrow and he will probably be out for eight weeks.
“We are probably looking at February 1 for both he and Steven, so we might as well get the bad news out of the way, because that’s what it is, and just focus on what is important, and that’s what we have got left.”