Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

How Joe Would Love to Have This Lot Fit; Special Report on United's Injured Players and When Interim Boss Kinnear Can Hope to See Them Back

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

How Joe Would Love to Have This Lot Fit; Special Report on United's Injured Players and When Interim Boss Kinnear Can Hope to See Them Back

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Byline: By LEE RYDER

JOE KINNEAR inherited a team at the top of the table when he got to work with the Newcastle United players for the first time today.

Unfortunately for the ex- Wimbledon boss, though, it's the Premier League Injury table.

Kinnear was well aware of this fact before he agreed to take the job in Toon but even so his squad is decimated by injuries that have almost gone unnoticed, with such a political storm hovering above St James's Park since Kevin Keegan quit the club at the start of the month.

For the Dublin-born boss will go into the game with Everton on Merseyside without EIGHT of his first team roster.

Most managers in charge of United have never used injuries as an excuse for poor form in recent years, even though the Magpies have hogged the summit of the injury table on respected website Physioroom.com under the reigns of Graeme Souness, Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan and now Kinnear.

Big Joe also has Joey Barton suspended until the black and whites take on Sunderland on October 25, but he will have Danny Guthrie back for Sunday's visit to Merseyside.

Here is an in-depth look at who is missing and why.

CROCKED... HABIB BEYE (Achilles)

KINNEAR discovered on his first full day at the club's Benton training HQ that Achilles victim Habib Beye will not be available for selection until October 20, when Newcastle take on moneybags Manchester City.

Beye has not been in action since Kevin Keegan's final game in charge, the 3-0 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. The popular right-back told the Chronicle after the game that he intended to rest up during last month's international break.

He hoped to be fit to face Hull City on September 13 but the Senegalese ace was still experiencing discomfort in his Achilles from an injury originally sustained in pre-season training.

Beye went to London to see a specialist two weeks ago and it was decided he may yet be able to shake off the injury without an operation.

Beye is keen to make his comeback but doesn't want to cause further damage and risk another lengthy spell on the sidelines by coming back prematurely.

United will welcome Beye back with open arms as it has been obvious that United are badly missing the former

Marseille skipper's experience and his superb battling qualities, which usually rub off on the United players around him.

CROCKED... 0BA MARTINS (knee)

HE started the season with fireworks at Old Trafford but his season has since fizzled out with injury and may not resume until after Bonfire Night.

The Nigerian sustained a summer knee injury and missed a chunk of preseason.

But although he returned to score the first goal of the season against Manchester United, groin problems after Bolton Wanderers meant he'd kicked his last ball under Kevin Keegan. …

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