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.”