Rafa Discusses DeAndre Yedlin’s Ankle Injury

We probably could have guessed that Newcastle will assess the extent of DeAndre Yedlin’s ankle injury on Monday and see how bad the damage is and whether there is any chance of the 23 year-old American playing against Norwich on Wednesday night.

Yedlin was our Man of the Match on Saturday with around 50% of the vote and he had an impressive game especially attacking down the right wing and his cross in the first half was turned into his own goal by Tommy Elphick.

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DeAndre Yedlin in action on saturday
Our Man of the Match


Yedlin picked up his injury after 75 minutes and Isaac Hayden went to right back – where he’s played before at Arsenal – and in came 30 year-old Ivorian Cheick Tiote in central midfield for his first appearance of the season.

This is how Rafa responded after the game when asked about DeAndre’s injury:

“We will have to see, he twisted his ankle.” “We will see. We have to wait.”

“I don’t like to talk too much about one player but I think the team as a team was good in attack.”

“We knew in the first half that Paul Dummett and Yedlin could be important players for us and they did really well.”

“After the substitution of DeAndre maybe we had to adjust things and sometimes you cannot control everything.”

“In this case maybe it was handy for us that DeAndre played.”

Yedlin stood in very well for Vurnon Anita and will provide some real competition to the Dutchman for the right-back spot.

He had one assist on Saturday and could even have scored himself in the second half – he already has one goal in his five appearances for Newcastle and has settled in quickly on Tyneside.

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