It looks like Vurnon Anita injured his back on Sunday against the Saints, when he fell badly on it after trying to head the ball away.
Vurnon was one of our best players at the end of last season and played one of his best games ever for the club when it really mattered against West Ham on May 24th, when we only just survived relegation under John Carver.
Vurnon Anita receiving treatment before being carried off
Vurnon seems to have picked up where he left off last season, although he will be hoping the back injury is not too bad, and that he can be available for the game at Swansea on Saturday afternoon.
The 26-year-old Dutch International has talked in the Chronicle at length about the injury and also how things stand at Newcastle right now:
“I felt a pain in my back and when I tried to stand up the pain was so bad I couldn’t walk.” “I tried to put pressure on my left leg when I stood up but I couldn’t.”
“I’ve had a lot of ice on it so we’ll see how it feels after a little bit of time. Hopefully, I won’t need a scan or anything like that.”
“It was great to get the nod to start the first game.“ “There’s a lot of competition in central midfield now, but hopefully that will only be good for all of us.”
“We need that to keep each other sharp and hopefully the team will benefit from having so many good players in the same position.”
“Each player knows they will have to be doing their best because if they’re not, there’s always going to be someone else to come in.”
“This is my third season now and I feel like I’m settled here as a Premier League player.”
“The first year was a little bit difficult in terms of settling in but I feel like I’m here now and much more comfortable with the pace of the English game.”
“You have to go into each season feeling as though the position is your own.” “That’s the only way to be confident about yourself and it’s the only way you’re going to be able to go out on to the pitch and play your own game.”
“I think it helps that the manager has experience of Dutch football, and has a style fairly similar to what I would be used to in Holland.”
“The way he sets his team up is fairly similar to a lot of Dutch sides, and the role I am playing now is the most similar to the one I used to play in at Ajax.”
“Hopefully, that will mean I can fit in more easily than maybe before.”
It is Vurnon’s fourth season at Newcastle, since he was the only senior player signed in the summer of 2012, after we had finished 5th top.
That lack of signings was a big mistake, and we didn’t have enough players to also compete in the Europa League and we subsequently struggled with relegation.
Hopefully this season will be like the 2011-2012 season and we can do really well again.
That’s exactly what’s needed now.
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