DeAndre Yedlin came back on Saturday in the 2-1 home win against Stoke City for his first appearance of the season after suffering a hamstring injury in preseason.
Hamstring injuries still seem to be the injury Newcastle players pick up the most, and left-back Paul Dummett suffered one in the very first game of the season and is now out until November.
But we have some strength in depth these days in a much more balanced squad with Javier Manquillo playing well at right back and Chancel Mbemba taking his chance in Dummett’s absence and looking very good at left back.
That has to be good news for Newcastle fans.
DeAndre must have been impressive in training and finally replaced Manquillo in the Newcastle starting line-up, and the American had a solid game against Stoke and looked as good as ever.
He’s one of the many players who is a better player now than he was last season and he will hopefully get better playing in the Premier League under the guidance of Rafa Benitez.
DeAndre Yedlin in action against Stoke on Saturday
Yedlin was very careful not to return too early from his hamstring injury because it could have gone again.
The young American is happy to be back in a winning side again as Newcastle won their third Premier League game on the trot against Stoke City – the first time for almost three years and we are now 4th top of the league.
This is what Yedlin has said in the local papers today as reported specifically in the Chronicle:
“It was great. Obviously, coming back from a hamstring injury isn’t easy, because you have to take them pretty slow and be pretty careful with them.”
“Especially when you’re the type of player I am,”
“It’s one of my necessities to make sure I have my leg muscles as close to 100% as they can be.”
“It was great be back and great to come back on a win. I thought the team played pretty well.”
“Obviously, there were a couple of moments where we slipped up a bit, but I thought, for the most part, that we dominated the game and played very well.”
“I just tried to feed off the other players who have been doing it for the last four games.”
“I tried to work myself into the game and not do anything too crazy, just keep it simple, and make it to half time. I was feeling all right.”
“It was good to get the full 90. It was good for myself to have the confidence to go 90.”
“We need to take it one game at a time. We have a lot of games to play. The season doesn’t end now (Ed note – that’s a pity).”
“So we need to keep going and take it one game at a time and stay prepared, focused,” ]]
“I’d actually been injured in the very beginning of pre-season. I came back for a bit, probably about 10 days, and then I did it again.”
“That’s why it’s been a pretty long process getting back. It’s my second hamstring injury.
“We wanted to make sure it was 110% before I came back, so it didn’t reoccur.”
Newcastle are doing well on the injury front this season with only Paul Dummett and Sadio Haidara out injured at the moment.
Rafa seems to have quickly fixed the long-term injury problem at Newcastle.
But it’s something that has gone unheralded because he has done so many other great things for the club.
Long may it all continue.