On Match of the Day last Saturday former England midfielder Frank Lampard was over-critical of Jonjo Shelvey’s defensive performance in those last 20 minutes of the game when we threw 2 points away.
We have found out since that Jonjo was nursing a knee injury and he will miss today’s game at Liverpool.
Jonjo has wanted to train this week, but the Newcastle Doctor Paul Catterson has told Rafa they need to get further scans on the knee to ascertain how severe the injury is.
Jonjo Shelvey and Rafa Benitez on the touchline
But the over the top criticism by Lampard doesn’t seem to affect manager Rafa Benitez one little bit.
When asked about the criticism this is what Rafa said as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“We analyse the positives and the negatives, then we talk about them internally and try to find solutions to our problems when we need to.”
“But we don’t need to talk too much about what they say. What someone else outside is saying doesn’t concern me.”
“Nobody knew he was injured, but afterwards we knew he had this problem.”
“But I’ll not justify if he did this or that, or didn’t do this or that, because of his injury.”
“He was playing and he was fine, but we will analyze what he was doing right or wrong and then we will find solutions.”
It will be tough today at Liverpool, but it looks like the game will go ahead.