There was some good news yesterday for Newcastle fans as it looks like Mikel Merino’s back injury is not as bad as first through.
There’s a video doing the rounds showing Mikel running with the ball and turning and it looked like his back was OK.
He has been training at his former club Osasuna.
The news is that he will be returning to Newcastle today but of course the 21-year-old is not fit to play tomorrow at Old Trafford.
He was allowed to return to Spain for his recovery, and he has not been part of the training over the last two weeks which has been designed by Rafa to get us something out of a difficult game at Manchester United.
Mikel Merino – in training again
While he is not fit for tomorrow’s game there seems a good chance he can be fit for the very important home game against a good Watford side a week tomorrow.
Here’s the video from local radio station Carrusel Deportivos Navarra showing Mikel in training:
— Carrusel DepNavarra (@CarruselNavarra) November 16, 2017
Mikel has been a terrific signing for us, and he has been missed over the last two games – both 1-0 defeats.
There are reports that because of his excellent play some of the big Spanish clubs could be in for him over the summer transfer window, but Rafa will resist those moves if they come.
Rafa wants Merino to be a cornerstone of the top side he wants to build at Newcastle over the next year or two.
Mikel has also said he can achieve his dreams in football at Newcastle United and the fans just love the lad – who is very modest and straightforward.
This all sounds good to us.
And for about £7M Mikel was a terrific signing in the summer for us.
We may hear more about Mikel’s situation during Rafa’ press conference this afternoon for the game at Old Trafford tomorrow.