One definition of Murphy’s Law is that if something can go wrong – it will (and at the worst possible time).
Newcastle lost two full-backs in the summer – Jesus Gamez and Sadio Haidara – and we didn’t replace either of them.
So we were left short at full-back, particularly at left-back.
But Paul Dummett came through yesterday’s game OK, but on 90 minutes DeAndre Yedlin fell awkwardly, and he injured his right knee – maybe seriously.
DeAndre Yedlin at the end of the game yesterday
The American was seen leaving St. James’ Park on crutches after the game, but that will be a precaution.
However, it doesn’t look good, and we’ll have to wait until he has scans to see the extent of the injury.
We lost both Dummett and Lejeune in the first game last season through injury and in retrospect that hurt our first half of the season performance.
The same thing may be happening this season.
Javier Manquillo (or Jame Sterry) can come in for Yedlin at Cardiff City – a game we should win and cannot lose.
But it’s the old case if you don’t plan for something – it will usually happen.
The corollary is also true – if you plan for something it doesn’t usually happen.
If only Mike Ashley would trust and support Rafa’s football judgment, we’d be in a much better position right now.