More Injury Woe For Rafa Benitez And Newcastle


Newcastle now have at least one new injury concern after last night’s World Cup qualifying games as defender Chancel Mbemba had to leave the field limping after 59 minutes.

Chancel was captain of his country, DR Congo, and had put them ahead after only 9 minutes against Tunisia, and they were 2-0 up when Chancel had to limp off.

But it was more bad news for Chancel as Tunisia leveled the scores with two late goals – after 77 and 79 minutes.

No news on what the injury is to Chancel, but it’s bad luck for the African player who has been playing well for Newcastle this season.

We do have two back four players – Florian Lejeune and DeAndre Yedlin – returning to the squad for Sunday’s game at Swansea after recovering from injury, so that should lessen the blow a little bit.

Serbia beat Ireland 1-0 in Dublin, but Aleksandar Mitrovic didn’t score (Kolarov got the goal after 55 minutes) and was held by Newcastle’s Ciaran Clark.

But Serbia are now 4 points clear of Wales after 8 games played with Wales beating Moldova away 2-0 and move one point above Ireland and into second place in Group D.

Chancel Mbemba – injured last night playing for DR Congo

And Freddie Woodman played for the England U21 side at Bournemouth when they beat Latvia 3-0 in what was a European U21 Championship qualifying game.

And another young Newcastle star, Mikel Merino, played the whole game for the Spanish U21 side in their 1-0 win over Estonia in European qualifying.

Our players will now be returning to Newcastle and Rafa can get some training done for Sunday afternoon’s game at Swansea.

After everything that’s happened since last Thursday, a win and another good performance is what we all need.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.



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12 comments so far

  • Veltman

    Sep 6, 2017 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Bad news.We have adequate cover though.I am over the moon he stayed.Can’t wait to see more of him.Got a feeling he and Mitrovic will burst this season ,altho the latter is suspect in terms of attitude. Still should come on from the bench and play 20min or so.With Joselu being first choice.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 6, 2017 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Oh well. Looks like Lejeune gets pushed on in a wheelbarrow then.

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  • Mindshaft

    Sep 6, 2017 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Hopefully it’s just a slight knock – he’s played well in last couple of games

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 6, 2017 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #4

    So long, Motty. But at least we still have our Mitty.

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  • toontaff2

    Sep 6, 2017 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Motty quotes time?
    ‘Brazil – they’re so good it’s like they are running round the pitch playing with themselves”

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  • toontaff2

    Sep 6, 2017 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #6

    “Paul Gascoigne has recently become a father and been booked for over-celebrating.”

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  • toontaff2

    Sep 6, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #7

    “I can’t fault Mark Palios too highly”

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  • toontaff2

    Sep 6, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #8

    Very quiet, here, this morning?
    Could Northumbria Police be holding an id parade, using their usual suspects?
    💡
    👿

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  • toontaff2

    Sep 6, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #9

    And where’s my bloody present?
    At least I know what it is!

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  • toontaff2

    Sep 6, 2017 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Going for a mackem, here – 6 in a row!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 6, 2017 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #11

    You’ll never break the record toontaff.

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  • martoon

    Sep 6, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #12

    toontaff2 – I can’t remember Motty saying the last three 🙂

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