Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Toon 'Top' Injury League for Second Year in a Row

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Toon 'Top' Injury League for Second Year in a Row

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Byline: CHRIS WAUGH NUFC writer chris.waugh@trinitymirror.com @CHRISDHWAUGH

EIGHT Newcastle United players missed at least half of the 2015-16 relegation campaign through injury.

Data compiled by injuryleague.com highlights just how damaging injuries were to the Magpies' campaign, with 16 members of the United first-team squad being sidelined for a quarter of the season or more.

Forgotten defender Curtis Good was ruled out for a staggering 86% of the campaign, while left-back Massadio Haidara (79%) and goalkeeper Tim Krul (76%) also missed more than three-quarters of Newcastle's matches.

Gabriel Obertan (64%), Emmanuel Riviere (57%), Steven Taylor (55%), Sylvain Marveaux (52%) and Paul Dummett (50%) were also unavailable for more than half of the campaign.

For the second year in a row, the Magpies also topped an injury league run by injuryleague.com - finishing on 397 points, a staggering 113 ahead of second-placed Liverpool.

One point is awarded to the teams for every player who has missed a week of the season through injury.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez will undoubtedly look to improve that record should he be confirmed as Magpies boss for next season this week. Asked about United's appalling injury record in March, Benitez explained: "Sometimes it happens - obviously we have the information from the staff, the technical staff, the information from the medical staff, we have information from the players. We have this situation to analyse what is going on, but we must try to do things simply and not try to change everything.

"Just change little things that maybe can make the difference and be careful.

"So we were doing a training session (for one of the) other sessions in the gym, little things to try and prevent injuries.

"But you cannot do too much in a short space of time. …

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