Newcastle will get injuries, predicts Sunderland boss Allardyce

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

The manager believes Rafa Benitez's training methods will come back to haunt them.

Newcastle United will probably pick up more injuries because of Rafa Benitez’s training methods, Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has told the Daily Mail.

The Magpies boss has been beset by injuries since his arrival at the club, with several first-team stars currently on the sidelines.

Defensive duo Daryl Janmaat and Steven Taylor are both suffering with muscle problems, while captain Fabricio Coloccini is set to miss the rest of the season courtesy of a calf strain.

That has seen Newcastle forced to name a make shift defence in recent weeks, with Vurnon Anita currently starting at right-back.

Luckily for them that has worked in their favour, but Allardyce has predicted Benitez’s double training sessions will continue to cripple his team.

“You get the foreign coaches coming in, ‘Woah, I’m a foreign coach, I’ll do two sessions a day’”, the Daily Mail reports him saying. “And then three or four months later, he’s got 14 injuries, and I go, “Wow, carry on’.

“He (Benitez) will probably get more injuries later on. And that’s what happens with them. You do two sessions a day here, for 10 months, and they will all get injured.”

Sunderland will certainly be hoping that their relegation rivals can pick up more injuries between now and the end of the season.

The Magpies escaped the relegation zone at the expense of the Black Cats last weekend and are finally finding some form as the relegation race goes right down to the wire.

That is something Allardyce’s side have not managed, with their performances not bringing in wins, and Sunderland will be hoping for anything to help them ensure it is they who ultimately survive.

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