There was good news yesterday that DeAndre Yedlin’s knee injury is not as severe as first thought – and there is no damage to the knee.
But there has to be a concern for Saturday’s match at Cardiff, and we’d be surprised if Yedlin starts that game and he may not even be in the squad that travels to South Wales.
With so little cover at fullback Rafa cannot take any chances with Yedlin.
It’s a good chance for somebody to come in at right back and we have two specialist right-backs available in Javier Manquillo and local lad Jamie Sterry.
Javier Manquillo – likely to get a chance on Saturday
Javier will probably get the start, and he’s a better defensive fullback than Yedlin who did not have a good game on Saturday.
Isaac Hayden can play at right back, and maybe the versatile Federico Fernandez could also start there.
But we expect Fernandez to become a starter at center-back once he’s settled in at Newcastle.
So it will be interesting to see who Rafa brings in at right back on Saturday – assuming Yedlin will not be risked.
Who do you think it should be – we would say Javier Manquillo
And those that are talking about it’s a must-win game – it’s only the second game of the season.
But a win would be excellent against a side who are a favorite to be relegated this season.
But remember we have lost our first two games in the last two years under Rafa.
And we did very well in both of the last two years.
Howay The Lads!!