Jonjo Shelvey played during the early part of the season even though he was forced to take injections to play.
He needed injections because Jhe said when he kicked the ball it was like someone was stabbing him in the leg (don’t look at me).
That’s not good, and it was a red flag because something was obviously wrong with his thigh.
Shelvey likes to play but he has only made 13 appearances this season after making 33 appearances last season and 47 appearances during our Championship winning season in 2016-2017.
But the former Southampton and Liverpool midfielder has finally been given a chance to play in the first team with Sean Longstaff suffering a season-ending knee ligament injury against West Ham 11 days ago.
Jonjo Shelvey – in action during the preseason against FC Augsburg
This is what Jonjo said in the Chronicle recently about how the season has gone for him so far:
“Torture, to be honest. It’s hard watching the team play and not being able to help.”
“It’s been torture. You’re miserable at home, and then you go to the games and it’s just horrible, sitting there and watching because you know that you want to be out there.”
“It’s the little day-to-day things; you see them outside on the training pitch and you’re in the physio room, just sitting around, getting the treatment.”
“Honestly, there’s nothing worse for a footballer. But sometimes you have to do it, and I’ve done that now. It looks to be behind me.”
“We should have nipped the injury in the bud early doors, but it wasn’t to be, and I had numerous trips to Barcelona to get injections to try and sort it out.”
“The doc said that if I did it one more time I would have had to have surgery on it, so it was time to shut down, get it right and come back stronger for the end of the season.”
“It started in pre-season; I was taking injections to play the games because I’m one of those people who always just wants to play football, and obviously I just play through the pain barrier.”
“But every time I was kicking a football, it felt like someone was stabbing me in the leg – the pain was unbearable in the end.”
“I need to rest and recover, and start to repair it. Luckily I’ve done that now and it looks to be behind me.”
Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey (Image: Newcastle United)
Shelvey is determined to contribute in the final eight games of the season, and he looked good in those last 10 minutes or so on Saturday when Ayoze Perez scored a late brace, and we managed to beat Everton 3-2.
He may start the game at Bournemouth on Saturday if he impresses Rafa in training.
It’s good that we have Ki, Shelvey, and Diame all pushing for a starting position in central midfield.
Isaac Hayden has been one of the starters since last December, and he’s shown the best form of his career over the last three months at Newcastle.
Quite honestly we didn’t realize Isaac was that good a player – but he’s been great for us this season.