Another injury blow to Newcastle yesterday when Daryl Murphy returned to the club with a calf injury after he left the Republic of Ireland squad and he is now doubtful for the vital game against Wigan a week on Saturday at home.
Daryl had been sent for a scan on the injury by the Ireland medical staff and it came back positive and this seems to be a chronic injury for Murphy and is causing some concern.
Murphy played the whole game on Saturday at Birmingham and has recently been Newcastle’s first choice striker as Dwight Gayle is getting back to some level of match fitness.
Daryl Murphy – has chronic calf problem
Aleksandar Mitrovic is fit and on international duty with Serbia so we are not too short of strikers – not yet anyway.
Center-backs Ciaran Clark and Grant Hanley have withdrawn from the Ireland and Scottish squads respectively.
It’s not clear how badly injured both of them are and a lot of this seems to be precautionary, with Clark having suffered medial ligament damage against Fulham a week last Saturday.
Scottish International Grant Hanley has picked up an ankle injury and of course DeAndre Yedlin is out with a thigh problem but could be back in two to three weeks time.
Once the games start up again on April 1st – it’s a short five weeks to the end of the season as we play the eight remaining games – so any serious injuries now could see our players miss the rest of the season.
We play Wigan and Burton at home in four days as the next two games and it’s really important we pick up 6 points in those games and failure to do so could hurt our automatic promotion chances.
Here’s how things stand at the moment in at the top of the Championship.
We are hoping all these injuries we have at the moment are not serious and will clear up quickly.