Newcastle face Leicester City tonight amid something of an injury crisis, with no fewer than 11 players on the treatment table, affecting team selection.
According to Premier Injuries’ Physio Room website, Steve Bruce’s side are the only top flight team to make it into double figures, which sees them way ahead in the injury table.
The nearest challengers are AFC Bournemouth and Chelsea, who both have eight, but that is still three behind Newcastle.
In some ways, Bournemouth’s position could actually be deemed worse than ours, with all eight of their players being ruled out, compared to Newcastle’s six.
At the other end of the table, you have Saturday’s visitors to St James’ Park, Watford, who have just one injury concern. They are followed by Crystal Palace and Sheffield United, who each have two.
But lots of injuries is something that has seemed to plague Newcastle for multiple years now, going back to the Alan Pardew era, and it never seems to get better.
That it has affected a number of managers, would suggest it is more than just an issue with training methods.
Rafa Benitez may have had a point about training facilities
It does hint that the facilities may not be up to scratch, and whether that is down to unsatisfactory pitches and surfaces, who knows.
But it could be what led Rafa Benitez to stipulate updating the training ground as one of the conditions of him signing a new contract on Tyneside.
But whatever the reasons behind it, the injuries are having a significant influence on our squad year after year.
Until they start having fewer players in the physio’s room, and more on the training pitches, the team will continue to struggle.
And that is what happens when your club is run on a shoestring, and the hierarchy will not fund a squad enough to have significant depth in every position, to cover off these sort of unfortunate circumstances.