Rafa Gives Full Injury Update – Merino Getting Better

Rafa Benitez has given an injury update on three players today – Jamaal Lascelles, Mikel Merino, Paul Dummett.

He didn’t mention Christian Atsu who seems to have picked up a thigh strain today while training with Ghana.

BOth Atsu and Lascelles were withdrawn during the game against Bournemouth and Jamaal still has some swelling with the ankle, so it’s difficult to assess the damage.

Jamaal Lascelles – his ankle is still swollen

This is what Rafa has said, starting with Jamaal’s ankle, and as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“It’s still a bit painful.” “He’s been working with the physios and getting a little bit better, but it’s slow.”

“We have to wait a couple of days, and then without inflammation, we’ll see how it is.”

“Dummett’s been training.” “He’s been getting better, and Merino’s getting better too.”

“Next week, it’ll be more clear how long he’s out for, but a couple of weeks at least for Merino, and we will see with Jamaal.”

“It’s very difficult for both of them for Man United.” “If it was fine now, maybe you have one week of training.”

“But if not – even if he is fit – it will be two weeks without training, and you may not be physically ready for a game like that.”

So it looks like we will be without Merino and Lascelles for the Manchester United game.

We do have the impressive and experienced Ciaran Clark who can come in for Jamaal to partner Florian Lejeune.

But Clark is likely to play twice for the Republic of Ireland in their playoff games against Denmark – so let’s hope he doesn’t get injured.

There was a Spanish report today that Merino could be out for six to eight weeks.

But it doesn’t seem that Rafa expects Mikel to be out that long – and he says the Spanish U21 International is getting better.

That’s good news.

It’s worrying that we have injury problems as we are set to have some tough games against the top six teams coming up.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

44 comments so far

  • Geordie-john

    Nov 9, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Lucky us, All the top teams coming and injuries starting . Lets be positive. Haway Lads ! Think of something, Ashley might be gone soon ! That’ll do for now.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 9, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Some of our best players out injured and Pogba and Rojo back for Man Utd after the break

  • Moonraker15

    Nov 9, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Previous seasons I did not look forward to s trip to old Trafford and, if I’m honest I feared a hammering. But with Rafa in charge I have confidence that we will at least compete! Great manager!

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 9, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #4


    from yesterday, i do not like a single thing Corbyn stands for, all politicians are liars, no question about it, but him, hmmm, they say judge a person by the company he keeps, why is it that his shadow cabinet is filled people who cannot seem to read and learn what they have read. he wants bigger governments, which is more jobs for numpties..

    his lies in the last election for all the kids to vote was shocking, only to admit as much after.

    i grew up Labor my whole life, on a council estate, and now when i look at the whole situation, gov in general are poor, but Labor in particular treat council estates like the Americans treat black people, holding them down, they have zero intention on fixing problems, why would they it would mean smaller government.

    for every incompetent person in top position, it takes 5 to clear up the mess. this how Ashley rose to power, by exploiting foreign cheap work force, zero hour contracts, wonga pay day loans..

    its all wrong

  • Moonraker15

    Nov 9, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Mourinho is getting itchy feet! Looks like he’s taking an easier option at PSG! No smoke…….

  • lochinvar

    Nov 9, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #6

    An optimistic view is that Mourniho resigns and joins PSG with Allardyce taking over at Man Utd before we play there.

    The other view is that we frustrate the hell out of them, they concede a penalty and Ritchie scores with Mitro coming on to power in a header for our second and a 0-2 away win.

  • Jib

    Nov 9, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #7

    The first Manchester derby
    at tea-time Sunday 10 Dec
    I bet José is in Paris by then
    He’s shit-scared of Pep G

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 9, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Haven’t been on in a while, but it’s “probably the best poster” in the worlds birthday today…

    Pass the parcel starts at 3.30pm, musical statues at 4pm then some pizza and cake (gluten free…just so you know). See you all there 😉

    Happy Birthday Jesper, you old b*st*rd.

  • lochinvar

    Nov 9, 2017 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Shirebrook – Famous events on 27th November

    1095 Pope Urban II preaches 1st Crusade
    1295 English King Edward I calls what later became known as “The Model Parliament” extending the authorities of its representatives
    1895 Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel’s will establishes the Nobel Prize
    1943 Conference of Tehran (Churchill-Roosevelt-Stalin)
    1965 1st French satellite launched; France becomes 3rd nation in space

    Is 2017 going to be as important for NUFC ?
    Perhaps another Crusade and then Queen Amanda the First setting out a new Club Parliament. The Nobel Prize is renamed the Benitez Prize followed by the Conference of Byker. Best of all Lejeune launches Ashley into space to live on the Space Station.

    I do hope you’ve got your dates right.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 9, 2017 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Attention whore alert

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 9, 2017 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #12

    I dropped my wallet on shields road in Byker two Days ago and some kind soul handed it in, I shit you not.

    There’s good uns everywhere

  • toonincheek

    Nov 9, 2017 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #13

    OP –

    Maybe there wasn’t enough money in your wallet so
    the finder took details of your accounts to scam you

    I’m not really that cynical, though it pays to be these days.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 9, 2017 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #14


    Maybe lol. I prefer to think of it as Karma, I’ve handed in two wallets and a phone in the past, what goes around comes around.

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 9, 2017 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Even a thief doesn’t want OP’s identity!

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 9, 2017 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #16


    Everyone wants to be me

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 9, 2017 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #17

    OP…Medication or therapy? Either way, let me know, seems to be working wonders

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 9, 2017 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #18


    This Dane is yet another example of how they are prone to talking bollocks about football.

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 9, 2017 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Injuries are going to be a problem for the ManU game, or is it that the players are trying to ‘protect’ themselves?

    Who in the first team is currently available and not an International?

    We could be playing 352 in the next game!

  • Jib

    Nov 9, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #20

    If it was in Byker
    He’s probably never seen a wallet before

  • lochinvar

    Nov 9, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #21

    OP – is it really you or has someone stolen your identity ?
    Are they on the Blog while the real you is elsewhere.
    Can you send us a signal or a clue so we really know that it’s you ?
    Some news on Amanda would probably be enough to prove the point.

  • AncientC

    Nov 9, 2017 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #22

    catchy @4, you have not presented one verifiable fact. Corbyn for bigger government? I would suggest you go look up Labour party policies, past and present. Start with googling “Corbyn devolvement.” Without being condescending, it truly does not appear that you have researched your assertions before sharing them.

  • AncientC

    Nov 9, 2017 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #23

    Btw, comparing the Labour party that give us the NHS and the minimum wage with Mike Ashley. Says it all, really.

  • AncientC

    Nov 9, 2017 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #24

    catchy does not like a single thing Corbyn stands for, so you disagree with:

    Raising the minimum wage
    Increasing funding for the NHS
    Lowering tuition fees
    Higher Tax for the wealthiest making tax fairer and “proportional”
    Going after Tax dodgers, Corbyn was taking about the Isle of Man Ironically just before the Paradise Papers
    Against Austerity using Growth to instead of purging the economy
    Liked in Europe and seeking securing Britain stay in the customs union and Trade Zone
    Building More Homes
    Pledge millions and will help those stuck in credit card debts
    More recently wants water sprinklers installed in high raise buildings (Grenfell being a warning)
    MMT (modern monetary theory) Quantitive easing/printing money being used to stimulate the economy instead of the current practise of paying back corrupt banks
    Opposed the Invasion of Iraq
    An advocate of LGBT rights
    Renationalising public utilities (Electric and rail prices have become untenable)

    I could go on and on, but just out of interest, you disagree with all of those. And everything else Corbyn stands for.

    What is really hilarious is that you somehow have equated Labour with Mike Ashley using cheap labour and the association with payday lender Wonga. Labour want to regulate payday lenders and Mike Ashley is frowned upon within Labour circles.

  • Jib

    Nov 9, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #25

    Their defo should be a private messaging facility on here

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 9, 2017 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #26


    Sadly those days of a good NHS are long gone, and in my life time Labor has been the problem. Fony Tony and Brown where and are gangsters and should be in prison for how far they set us back as a country.

    Look at the people he surrounds himself with and ask yourself is he really trying to do what’s best for the country.

    harriet harman anti semitic jokes
    Dianne Abbot probably the most racist person in government.

    i also just recently listened to his disgusting radio interview in venezuela.

    i look at the london mayor, he represents Labour, but nothing i could ever identify with.

    right now our country is so corrupt and not many people willing to do the right thing for the good of the people, only looking out for there own political futures.

    If he wanted what is best for the country, Abbot would have been sacked a long time ago. but he keeps her there because he does not have many people he can count on , how on earth is that leadership?

  • AncientC

    Nov 9, 2017 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #27

    catchy, clearing out the Tory-lites is leadership at its finest. Hillary Benn a prime example. I am not sure where you getting this corruption from.

    Anyways, I will leave it there for the sake of the blog. Poor ol’ Jib doesn’t like the blog going off-topic, the irony of that eh. lol.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 9, 2017 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #28


    Agree with some of what you say but can’t get images of unions running the country, benefit scroungers en masse and worst of all that well known statitician Diane Abbot out of my head. Now can we get back to football.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 9, 2017 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Can catchy and Ancient get a room please, I’m sure there are hundreds of forums that cater for that.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 9, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #30


    I agree with you about about “draining the swamp” is what is needed all over the world.

    I’m pleased it has started now all over the world, people are seeing through BBC Tory Labour Propagate.

    and to be fair i watched the FLA march in London in October, 70,000 took part, not a word in the MSM so i think football blogs are a good place to talk about such things too.

  • AncientC

    Nov 9, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #31

    Jail, this isn’t your blog so perhaps you shouldn’t try to police it. I will refrain from saying any further, we wouldn’t want to hurt your feelings now, I remember when you scarpered over to ‘The Mag’ for months after B&B hurt your precious feelings.

  • AncientC

    Nov 9, 2017 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #32

    Rotonda, if Dianne Abbot messing up her numbers on live T.V. is the worst thing going on with Labour right now *cough Priti Patel*, then there isn’t all that much to complain about. Just replying out of courtesy, but yes, I will drop the political conversation before I get another ticking off.

  • Jib

    Nov 9, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #33

    Poor ol’ Jib and Ed the founder
    don’t like the blog going off-topic.

  • G

    Nov 9, 2017 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #34

    @32, getting caught over the false-tweet about lack of train seats sums him up nicely though. I’ve always voted to the left in all my life, however, not whilst that liar is there.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 9, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #35

    You’re correct it isn’t my blog, but it certainly isn’t a political fighting ground either, there are places to argue politics all night long, why not go there where others might join in too.

  • AncientC

    Nov 9, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Okay, last post. G, Corbyn didn’t lie about the lack of train seats. This has disproven. https://twitter.com/DoubleDownNews/status/900296658491236352/video/1

    I don’t believe that myth should be perpetuated.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 9, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #37

    It’s me alright, I put my phone down on site and it’s took over a hour to find it.

    I’m going senile!!


    Meditation lad, to sounds of nature

  • clinath@ed

    Nov 9, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #38

    to quote Ed from above…

    In general, we’d ask you to be civil towards other readers and refrain from obscene language and any comments on religion, ethnic groups or politics.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 9, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #39

    Ffs Ancient, if we didn’t police the blog you’d be at it all day long, Corbyn and NUFC have got absolutely nothing to do with each other.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 9, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #40

    Last man to enter parliament with honourable intentions was Guy Fawkes


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