Newcastle’s Daryl Janmaat had to leave the game after 71 minutes yesterday and in came his Dutch compatriot Vurnon Anita and Vurnon did a decent job of filling in for the Dutch International right back.
And it’s good to hear that Janmaat has pulled out of the Holland squad and will receive treatment for the injury at Benton – and hopefully will be fit for the game at Norwich City on 2nd April.
Daryl has a good record of recovering from injury and the 26 year-old has missed very few games since he joined us from Feyenoord in the summer of 2014.
Daryl Janmaat – injured
Jack Colback managed to pick up his 10th yellow card of the season yesterday and he had to be withdrawn by Benitez before he received another yellow card in the second half and earn himself an additional one game suspension.
He will miss the next two games and Jack had a poor game yesterday and even if he wasn’t suspended he would likely have been replaced at left back for the game at Norwich.
In that first half our left hand side was weak and Sissoko wasn’t helping out Jack enough – and Fabio Borini had a bit of a field day down Sunderland’s right wing yesterday.
Paul Dummett is out until at least mid-April and our other left-back – Sadio Haidara – could be back from injury in the next two weeks – maybe.
We do have some other players coming back from injury – with Papiss Cisse getting some playing time yesterday for the first time in three months – and we expect Fab Coloccini to be back and maybe even Cheick Tiote for the game at Norwich.
But Kevin Mbabu remains injured – otherwise he could have done a decent job at left back for us and the youngster misses too many games through injury.
Chancel Mbemba was back yesterday and he made a huge difference at the back for us.