Ciaran Clark will be staying on Tyneside to get attention for his knee injury and Mo Diame has now retired from International duty so he will also be on Tyneside for the next two weeks.
And it turns out that two more Newcastle players – Ireland goalkeeper Rob Elliot and Scotland center-back Grant Hanley have also pulled out of the Internationals coming up and will stay at Newcastle.
Rob is said to have a knee injury and there is no indication of what’s wrong with Grant Hanley who filled in well for Clark at Birmingham on Saturday.
Grant Hanley – pulled out of the Scotland squad
The Scotland FA announced yesterday Grant had withdrawn from the squad.
Ireland have a World Cup qualifier at home to Wales this Friday and a friendly match against Iceland at home on Tuesday 28 March and striker Daryl Murphy is in the squad.
Scotland still have Matt Ritchie in the squad and are home to Canada in a friendly on Wednesday and on Sunday they play against Slovenia at home in a World Cup qualifier.
There’s no real indication of how bad the injuries are – perhaps they are only slight, but ti’s good we are not risking players before the important final eight games of the season which will decide whether Newcastle are a Premier League cub next season.
DeAndre Yedlin is also back from America and having treatment on his thigh injury and Rafa thinks he will be only out for two to three weeks and not the five weeks the American Soccer Federation announced last week.
Rolando Aarons is also becoming fitter and could play in the final eight games of the season.
Assuming there’s nothing seriously wrong with Hanley and Elliot then Rafa could well have all of his 27 man squad fit for the final eight games of the season and that can only help Newcastle.
We must get promotion this season and we must beat Wigan and Burton at home in the two upcoming home games in four days starting on April 1st.
What do you think?
Update – it looks like striker Daryl Murphy has picked up a thigh injury and it’s being assessed – what do they do in these International training sessions to pick up so many injuries?