Newcastle’s New Injury Blow – Could Give Mikel Merino A Chance To Shine

Newcastle have a problem with Jonjo Shelvey after the midfielder picked up a knee injury late in the 2-2 draw at Bournemouth on Saturday.

The injury could possibly keep him sidelined for several weeks, and he will be getting more medical assistance this week including some additional scans to see exactly what the damage is to his knee.

This is a blow to Newcastle after Jonjo has been in excellent form of late.

But we also have 21-year-old midfielder Mikel Merino who has been on the sidelines for a while and seems the obvious choice if Jonjo is out.

Mikel Merino – could get chance if Jonjo Shelvey out injured

Mikel lost his place in the team to a back injury last October, and he has been shaking off the effects of it, but should be 100% fit now.

Jonjo is said to be a doubt for the game at Anfield on Saturday, but it’s likely he will miss only two games at most unless the injury is really serious.

Newcastle are likely to be without any games from March 10th through 31st March when we are at home to Huddersfield Town – another vital game against a relegation rival.

That’s because our game on Friday, March 16th will need to be rearranged if Tottenham win their FA Cup replay at home to Rochdale tomorrow night.

Newcastle issued this statement about Jonjo on the website:

“Jonjo Shelvey suffered a knee injury during Saturday’s draw at AFC Bournemouth.”

“The midfielder will be further assessed and scanned this week.”

Rafa Benitez has also had this to say about Shelvey:

“We will continue working during the week, and will see how he reacts.”

“But he is someone who has been a good character. He will continue to work hard, and he has confidence in himself.”

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10 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 27, 2018 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Lies, damned lies and statistics on this blog.

    The only thing that matters is we remain 17th or above, but I’d prefer 12-14th really.

  • iBleedblack&white

    Feb 27, 2018 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Maybe this explains why he was holding his knees and not tracking back for their two goals…

  • Mag :P

    Feb 27, 2018 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Must be why he just let the defensive side of his game disappear during the last 10 minutes.

    Leaning over instead of marking and defending.


  • Jib

    Feb 27, 2018 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Chinese for guarantee is
    Bao Zheng

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 27, 2018 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Is Merino fit though?

    Could more likely end up being Hayden who plays instead

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 27, 2018 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #6

    If only we hadn’t loaned out Ginger Jack!! 😉

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 27, 2018 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Wonder if the the injury to Jonjo is why Barlaser was recalled for the Monday game.

    And given the way Charman is scoring he should be included in the squad.

  • Rob1971

    Feb 27, 2018 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #8

    It just seems to be our luck when our form is picking up and we are starting to pick up points regularly that we start getting injuries to form players, I think Rafa will likely pick Hayden now for Saturday if Shelvey is missing.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 27, 2018 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #9

    I think Merino could shine in the absence of Shelvey – he did so at the start of the season when JonJo was suspended. The defence look to give Shelvey the ball 80% of the time, leaving Merino more passive but he will be the go-to player if Shelvey is not around.

  • toonluvva

    Feb 27, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #10


    Finishing above 17th and not above 7h has always been the limit of Mr Ashley’s ambitions.

    Below 17th and of course we are relegated. Much reduced revenue to advertise SportsDirect. A top 6 finish would involve extra pressure to spend on the squad to play in Europe and our beloved owner would not want that would he.


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