It’s never good when our players go away on International duty and come back injured, but that’s what’s happened with Chancel Mbemba who had to limp off in DR Congo’s 2-2 with Tunisia earlier this week in World Cup qualifying.
There’s still no guidance coming from the medics of DR Congo on how bad the injury is but there are reports it could be a month or even three months out for the African defender.
It’s a hamstring injury Chancel has picked up, so we’ll have to see how bad it is – maybe once he returns to Tyneside we’ll know better, but he will out several weeks at least.
Paul Dummett picked up a hamstring injury on the first day of the season, and he will be out until November so it could be several months for Chancel too if it’s a bad injury.
Chancel Mbemba – in action for Newcastle earlier this season
Obviously, he will miss DR Congo’s next qualifier against Libya on October 7 – and the real worry are the reports he could even be out for up to three months.
We do have Florian Lejeune and DeAndre Yedlin back from injury for the game at Swansea on Sunday, so that will soften the blow but it could be a problem if Chancel is out for three months since he will be out while Paul Dummett is also injured.
That will put some pressure on the back four.
It’s also unfortunate for Chancel himself, who has shown in the first few games of the season that he is indeed Premier League caliber.