It’s Good News – Bad News On The Newcastle Injury Front


Rafa Benitez has given an update on Newcastle’s injury situation, and our injuries (or lack thereof) will be important as we start a stretch of 10 games in 38 days next Saturday when we are at home to a very good Watford side.

There’s some good news from Rafa, and it’s about Mikel Merino who seems to be suffering no problems in training with his back,  and if that continues, we expect he will likely start in central midfield on Saturday.

That would be a welcome return because of his creativity and also because Isaac Hayden is suspended for the game after picking up his 5th yellow card at Old Trafford.

Paul Dummett is also stepping things up in training, and maybe he could make the bench on Saturday with Benitez likely wanting him back in the left-back position for the heavy schedule coming up.

Mikel Merino – could be back on Saturday?

If Paul is showing good form, there’s a chance both Merino, and Dummett could even start the game on Saturday.

This is what Rafa has said about the injuries:

“Jamaal Lascelles is getting better, but still he will need some time, and Atsu is the same. It is too early to say when they will be back.” Benitez explained.

“With Merino, he was doing so well and the fans were so excited. If he is OK it will be a big boost for everyone, because you always need quality.”

“Paul Dummett has done the full training session, so that is positive news for us.”

The bad news is that we’ll have to wait for Lascelles to come back and hope that Lejeune and Clark can do the job in central defense until the captain is fit again.

Christian Atsu is still out, but it gives Jacob Murphy another chance to shine on Saturday at home in front of Newcastle fans.

Mikel Merino’s last appearance was the last time we won (four games ago) when he came on in the second half against Crystal Palace at St. James’ Park and headed home the winner after 86 minutes to get the precious 1-0 win.

Maybe with Mikel back in the side and Jonjo Shelvey starting to show some good form we can get another 3 points on the board on Saturday.

We need the win.

Comments welcome.



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219 comments so far

  • YoungMag :P

    Nov 22, 2017 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #1

    YoungMag 😛
    Nov 22, 2017 at 2:29 PM
    Comment #24
    ‘A bland account’

    Your opinion. Whatever.

    Just speaking truthfully mate, if you’re offended at all by what I said then that’s your problem. It was very pg.

    I never claimed to be an ITK, read again.

    ‘listen to me and the ITK’s on the blog’

    ‘me AND the ITK’s’

    I’m separating myself from them.

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  • hibbit

    Nov 22, 2017 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #2

    just been told this in the last hour

    the main haggling points at the moment besides money

    1 ashleys wants 8 years free advertising at the same level as now
    2 the intellectual property rights ashley has transferred into mash holdings
    3 the club shop which is under contract to sd
    4 other assets ashley has transferred into mash holdings (not sure what these are )

    make of this what you will

    2
  • Ginger Pirlo

    Nov 22, 2017 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Hopefully Mikel is back soon as we needed him in that midfield, even instead of shelvey. We could of done with dummet on Saturday as he would of protected the back post when crossed come in

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  • toonincheek

    Nov 22, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #4

    hibbet-

    I see that as being Ashley’s way of accepting the cash on offer
    but making the total price up to what he is asking.

    I don’t see that happening.

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  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #5

    Hibbit
    You could do with poker – playing lessons off
    Mike Ashley – over playing your hand now.

    Couldn’t resist it or blinded by the limelight ?

    1
  • Mindshaft

    Nov 22, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Seems Ashley wants his cake and eat it, 8 years free advertising is about as daft as Mandy saying we’ll only pay you if we win champions league – sounds like tit for tat moves but if he’s serious about selling he’ll take the 300 million and walk away with a nice 40 million profit ( although clearly he believes he deserves a lot more )

    2
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 22, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Yes Jib…that’s it! You just go with that….

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 22, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Repost:

    hibbit…that’s interesting points…if true it’s not only Ashley who wants something…

    …got to laugh though if Ashley wants free advertising as part of the deal…the guy is more deluded than I thought!

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  • hibbit

    Nov 22, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #9

    jib let’s play poker
    lets just see how much bottle you really have
    if it doesn’t go thought i’ll go if i’m right and it goes though you go
    or are you just full of wind and water and purely a keyboard warrior
    your move are you big enough to back up your big mouth !!!

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 22, 2017 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #10

    “We live in hope though we die in despair,” as my Gran used to say. What a cheery soul she was!

    1
  • posada

    Nov 22, 2017 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Dr Rotonda Heights

    Curious. What is this descending dark thing.

    0
  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #12

    hibbit
    Touched a nerve ?
    You’ve been unbelievably lucky for months
    Don’t blow it now
    touch the tips of your middle fingers to the
    tips of your thumbs and intone in a low voice
    “Hhhhhhmmmmmmm”

    2
  • hibbit

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Jib

    just as i though just a big mouth wimp hiding behind a computer

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  • YoungMag :P

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Even if jib accepted hibbit he’d just return under another moniker.

    It’s a fools game.

    6
  • Bambams

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #15

    And we wonder why people don’t want to post what they hear……

    Hibbit

    Thank you for sharing what you do, if it comes off – great. If something else happens (Ashley is not to be trusted) and it doesn’t I for one hope you still share what you possibly hear in the future.

    The best sources sometimes don’t record exactly what they hear (‘re the source you are talking with not yourself) and as I have said goalposts can often move at the 11th hour.

    Fingers crossed

    9
  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #16

    part of me thinks amanda should tell ash to do one. she’s the only game in town. ash not selling most probably results in rafa going and possible relegation and the value of the club halved overnight. no credible manager would come in and we’d be in the same boat as our friends down the road.

    there do seem to be some daft claims and clauses going on on both sides but we have always known of ash’s greed and ability to screw things up. omg i’ve become posada !!!

    1
  • YoungMag :P

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Rotonda

    Omg no, go take a shower quick.

    1
  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Wr Posada.

    You know, the autobiography of your life. Everything is ”black, black, black….” while you rock forwards and backwards

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  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Hibbit
    You’ve kind of given the game away
    A genuine ITK wouldn’t get so annoyed
    and abusive.
    What a shame
    Although I had my suspicions I kinda hoped
    I was wrong

    2
  • hibbit

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #20

    only with you big mouth only with you

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  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #21

    It was a great run
    You must have had a right chuckle
    at some of the praise heaped upon you
    even thought it was from
    Rotonda
    Lesh
    Bambams
    The blog intelligentsia

    😀

    2
  • jane

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #22

    if Rafa will leave if the take-over doesn’t happen (has he said that?) but will stay if it happens (has he said that?) does that mean he knows something i.e. that the new owners are going to invest heavily in players?

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  • Ginger Pirlo

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Why is there always some sooooo negative people on this blog.

    3
  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #24

    woah – jib trying to unseat Hibbit by playing substitute Jane.

    6
  • YoungMag :P

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Jeez no one is safe from jib today.

    1
  • jane

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #26

    hey Mister Tuff i just got in. nothing to do with me!

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  • posada

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #27

    Dr Rotonda Heights
    Your turning into Posada are you.
    Is that because you are moving from the manic phase into the depressive one.
    One can be as dangerous as the other.
    Look it up in that book you bought on Amazon.

    Descending Dark. Is it a phrase, a book, a concept, a theory.
    Never heard of it.

    1
  • jane

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #28

    and was my comment negative? read it again. it was actually positive!

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  • YoungMag :P

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Ginger

    Because they like to make anyone who is happy feel just as shit as them.

    It’s a mad world.

    1
  • jane

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #30

    “does that mean he [Rafa] knows something i.e. that the new owners are going to invest heavily in players?”

    how is that negative?

    dumb ass Mr Tuff!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #31

    jib will be on shortly saying ;”
    boohoo boohoo I don’t know how to pway poker but I’ll give you a game of snap.”

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Posada, ignore Rotunda. If anyone disagrees with his assessment (such as it is), of anything, he decides they are miserable or depressed. Because I asked questions of some of rafas tactics last year he thought I was miserable :). This coming from a man who Cudnt even say ‘well done’ to pardew (annoying,yes, vain, yes etc) when we got 5th. Rotunda associates lots of stuff with misery.

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  • Munster Mag

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #33

    How are you Mr tuff? No I’m not playing the old Joanna or doing odd dances 🙂

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  • lesh

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #34

    Hibbit

    It strikes me that Ashley’s taken some things into MASH Holdings much as he did with Rangers

    Image rights to the Club’s badge etc and
    Revenue from the club shop.

    Rangers fans and owners forced him to return those to the club but as far as both parties are concerned, they are steady revenue streams that they each want..

    He’ll be prepared to let go if his demand for eight years free advertising, the club shop and image rights – both key parts of marketing income – in exchange for an increase to PCP’s offer.

    The property? Maybe the Benton training facilities are owned by NUFC/ MASH? I don’t know.

    It strikes me that the press announcement Shire alluded to might be to announce that Ashley’s accepted the principle of PCP’s offer – effectively making it preferred bidder – thus enabling detailed negotiations to move things on.

    If Ashley wants cash he’s got to concede some ground but equally, so must PCP improve its offer.

    None of this is impossible so let’s continue to live in hope.

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  • lesh

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #35

    Ffs

    The iPhone ads have stopped – only to be replaced by some gaming app!

    Jib,

    People in glass houses etc…….

    Give us all a break and make a start painting your house in Spain – or should I say, Fantasy Island?

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  • Munster Mag

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #36

    Let’s just hope Amanda increases her offer by a lot and clears him out completely. But jeez, imagine if she a mad bunny boiler owner? Either way I still want babies with her. 🙂

    1
  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #37

    moanster – not bad how’s yourself.
    Spooky that – I was just about to send you a link to the King Percy dance routine -but thought better of it.

    0
  • Ginger Pirlo

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Young mag I’ve realised that, it’s like too sides the ones who look for the negatives all the time and the ones who will try to be positive

    1
  • posada

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #39

    Cheers Munster
    I remember that. I also dared to say something critical about Rafa and was on the receiving end of the same.
    Thing is I have supported the Toon for nearly fifty years.
    This passionate crazy optimism is a blessing and a curse.
    It means we get 50,000 a game in the Championship, but it also means we are easily fooled.
    We have put up with MA for ten years.
    Rangers fans didnt.
    Liverpool fans didnt put up with Hicks and Gillette. God knows what would have happened if they had Ashley as an owner.
    But say anything remotely negative and you get stick.
    Having said that I don’t care. When you come on here you are blogging with all types.

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  • lesh

    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #40

    Ron

    I wouldn’t be surprised if you said that your gran died at the age of 148 – knocked over by a bus while out for a run!

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