It’s come to light that Jamaal Lascelles has been playing a full four months with a hernia problem and has been playing through the pain barrier.
It has been kept quiet by orders of Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez with only the medical staff fully aware of the situation.
He must now undergo a double hernia operation and that will take place immediately, after he has met with a top surgeon following our promotion with a 4-1 home win against Preston last week.
But it shows you the complete confidence Rafa has in his captain, even though Jamaal is still young and lacking experience – but he is picking that up rapidly under the world-class manager.
Jamaal Lascelles – no doubting this lad’s total commitment to Newcastle
The good news is that Jamaal will be fully fit for the start of pre-season on Monday July 3rd.
It’s inspiring to see the courage and commitment of the young captain of Newcastle United.
It makes running through a brick wall look easy.
Let’s hear it for our captain!
Here’s some typical tweets from the appreciative Newcastle fans when they heard the news today.
— Freddie Morton (@TheFatbellyFred) May 1, 2017
Says a lot about what Rafa Benitez thinks about his centre back options if he kept playing Jamaal Lascelles despite his diagnosis #NUFC
— Andrew Musgrove (@ADMusgrove) May 1, 2017
— Lightning (@shawwal_96) May 1, 2017
— Andy (@andylockhart88) May 1, 2017
— CieranHogg (@cieranhogg) May 1, 2017
— TalkNUFC (@TalkNUFC1) May 1, 2017
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) May 1, 2017