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Newcastle's injury luck during international fortnight takes the biscuit

By Lee Ryder on Nov 21, 07 12:45 PM

No matter what walk of life you're in - you always seem to get kicked when you're down.

And that has to be the case for Newcastle United with Steven Taylor now the latest injury victim of another international break to forget.

Taylor's back problem sustained in Portugal means he will miss the Liverpool game on Saturday and like Michael Owen before him may be facing a stint on the sidelines for several weeks.

But like Owen, it isn't the first time for Taylor and never mind lightning striking twice!

This is now the FOURTH time it's happened involving both Owen and Taylor when it comes to international duty!

Indeed nobody needs reminding of the night at the 2006 World Cup that Owen crashed to the turf in Germany and shattered his knee to rule him out for almost an entire season.

And for Taylor?

Well it's also happened before hasn't it?

Cast your mind back to November 2005, England Under-21s are preparing for their game with France and Taylor collided with Carlton Cole to sustain a nasty shoulder injury.

If you can call it a comeback Taylor then returned to the first team at Newcastle on Boxing Day 2005 and lasted barely half an hour when his shoulder popped out again and he emerged from the dressing room with his arm in a sling.

He was ruled out for the rest of the campaign thanks to England duty.

And while it probably won't be as bad this time, the cold facts of this international break so far have been that Taylor and Owen are out of the Big Sam's plans for the next few weeks.

God only knows what the answer is to this.

You cannot stop players who want to play for their country can you?

But surely we are in for a change of luck with this whole damn situation!

On a brighter note though Oba Martins did not even make it into Switzerland never mind on to the field for Nigeria's clash in Zurich after the player failed to get past red tape due to a lack of visa.

That has to be good news for United and Martins will be raring to go for Liverpool.

It means that Taylor's absence at the other end will most likely see Habib Beye deployed as a central defender alongside David Rozehnal - that is of course providing the pair come through their respective games for the Czech Republic and Senegal tonight.

It means that Geremi may be handed the right-back slot but David Edgar now comes into the reckoning with the Canadian more than able to slot into either centre-back or on the right hand side of Big Sam's back four.

But given United's ridiculous amount of bad luck in the injury department who knows what could happen between now and 12.45pm on Saturday?

11 Comments

desmond said:

no i think Big Sam will prolly "transform" Viduka into a centre-back

BS is gonna be the next arsene wenger

Paulie'sWalnuts said:

I hope Croatia spank England tonight, if Golden Boy spends next June watching the racing then he wont be picking up a season ending injury, though don't bank on it. Seriously though, what does England at a major tournament really mean to Us ?, erm, the booze is on special offer at the supermarkets, no good - I need to cut down, erm, the said supermarkets' car-parks and every housing estate in the land resemble a BNP rally - tasteful. Erm, the local pubs are full of boozed up young women in tacky England outfits shrilling "GO ON BECKHAM ! - joy.
Erm, erm, erm, nah, it has no positve benefit at all, HOWAY THE CROATS, DEE THEM !

mag in boro said:

paulie......owen wont be our concern next season so no need to worry on that score and no no no england to qualify as close season with no football is so boring and if england there it does make for a few good days til we get knocked out and spend rest of tournament drinking and wondering why we lost again
desmond...im hoping that was sarcasm if not nearly time for ya medication mate...

now as for matter in hand as said in earlier post every cloud silver lining
owen crocked=martins plays
taylor crocked=BS cant play him at right back for a while and we get someone who can play there so really england done us couple of favours and hopefully couple more tonight if gerrard and crouch get crocked for saturday

and in other news Fat Fred is looking for a northern club to buy doesnt he ever learn people should play to their strengths....sorry cant think of any for you and certainly running a football club aint one of them weaknesses..too many to mention

Mal said:

Why shouldn't Cacapa now step in with Rozenhal as the centre back pairing with Beye and Enrique at full back? One bad game doesn't mean someone should be jettisoned for good - before the pompey game cacapa was our best player. This doesn't look too bad a back four to me. Martins and Viduka up front and any 4 from milner, zog, emre, butt and geremi (smith on the bench) and there's no reason why we cannot beat liverpool, providing of course we aren't going to play for the usual 0 0 draw.

Paulie'sWalnut's said:

Cheers Croatia !, have some of that EnglandsMichaelOwen, You'll have to concentrate on the part-time job now.

petra said:

Well, that's one good thing about England's failure to qualify last night - at least that's one tournament that Michael Owen can't possibly get injured in no matter how hard he tries.

jay-lo said:

McClaren's got the sack - step up Big Sam. Please! Who will rid us of this turbulent pest?

Phil said:

Good point Petra... however...
Michael Owen could still get injured, even though England's out of Europe - he could get trampled by a horse in Cheshire. As he says, he doesn't owe us anything. Just give him the money, and shut up criticizing!!

alex holmes said:

at first i thought having sam take over from roeder would have been a good idea, but that failed. sam should just go to the england job as everyone wnats him to and someone please knock sense into the board and force shearer to replace him.. we have some of the most genuine flair players in the league but have for some reason lost that. change the manager and bring back the flair

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