There’s some bad news already for Newcastle, with young 19 year-old striker Adam Armstrong picking up an injury playing for the England U-19 side.
The Chronicle is reporting the local lad picked up a thigh injury playing in Mexico and that could end any participation for him in the European U19 tournament that will take place next month.
The tournament is due to begin in Germany on 11th July with 8 countries having qualified with the final being on 24th July.
Adam Armstrong in action for Newcastle
Depending on how bad the injury is, it could even mean that Adam may not be ready for our first game on the weekend of 8th August – so it looks like we already have our first injury.
Armstrong has reportedly been having treatment on the injury.
It will be an important pre-season for the local lad who scored 20 goals in 40 league appearances for Coventry City on loan last season.
Rafa Benitez will have to decide whether Adam is ready to fight for his place in the Newcastle first team or whether it’s best to send him out on loan again.
Coventry have already made it known they would be delighted to take the striker back on loan for next season.
One area that Rafa is already working on is the injury situation at Newcastle – and he hopes to cut down the massive number of injuries we have each season.
Rafa is having 4G artificial pitches installed at Benton to replace the older 3G pitches that were in place when he first arrived in March.