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Magpies suffer Babayaro blow again

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Magpies suffer Babayaro blow again

Newcastle’s injury woes deepened further when boss, Glenn Roeder learnt that he would play without any of his specialist full-backs.

Newcastle’s injury woes deepened further when boss, Glenn Roeder learnt that he would play without any of his specialist full-backs.

Roeder has been told that left-back, Celestine Babayaro, might be sidelined for several weeks with a groin problem. The news came just 24 hours after he received encouraging news regarding Ł10million striker, Obafemi Martins.

Babayaro's potential replacement, Olivier Bernard, who joined the club on a short-term contract in September, has a hip problem which will hamper his efforts to force his way into contention.

The Frenchman has yet to make a senior appearance for the Magpies since his return to St James' Park despite using weeks to work on his fitness, and the chances of him doing so before his deal expires in summer look increasingly remote.

With right-back, Stephen Carr, withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad with a foot injury he sustained at Manchester City last Saturday, Roeder's resources are stretched to the limit.
Roeder said: "We will have to do without Celestine Babayaro for the next two or three weeks after he hurt his groin in extra time at Watford last Tuesday night.

"And Olly Bernard has a hip injury, which is different to the one Shola Ameobi has. But at the moment, we cannot put a time on how long he will be out.
"Babayaro has been one of our most consistent players recently, but he just cannot seem to retain his fitness and has a long run in our back four."

Roeder hopes that the back injury, which forced Titus Bramble to miss the City match will clear up in time, and that Craig Moore will return unscathed after the Australia's 1–1 draw with Ghana last night.
In those circumstances, he would be allowed to field fellow central defenders, Steven Taylor and Peter Ramage in the full-back berths, while winger Damien Duff, who has recently played as a make-shift striker, is an option at left-back.

Turkish midfielder, Emre, is suspended for the Arsenal trip, after accumulating five bookings. Roeder was happy to see the former Inter Milan player head off for duty with his country in Italy last week, after completing an international ban.

The coach said: "It will keep things ticking over for him and really, it has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for him and us."

Meanwhile, Newcastle are puzzled by reports that Barcelona are targeting misfit striker, Albert Luque. The 28-year-old, a Ł9.5million signing from Deportivo La Coruna, has endured nightmares for 14 months in Tyneside. Even in a striking crisis, Luque could not make the bench at Eastlands.
Newcastle insist there has been no contact from any club, however, there would be no surprise if Luque would be offloaded in January.

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