Salomon Rondon has had few injuries in his career and usually can make 40 appearances in a season.
But he’s had an up and down start to his Newcastle career.
He wasn’t fit when he arrived late in the summer transfer window and as he’s getting match fit he is having some niggling injuries.
Rondon has a slight thigh injury but it affected him in the first half of Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park.
Salomon Rondon – arriving at Selhurst Park
This is what Rafa said about Rondon after the game as reported in the Chronicle:
“He was feeling a little bit tight.” “You could see that he was uncomfortable in the first half.”
“It’s too early to say if he’s doubtful for Leicester.”
“He said that he was fine. He was feeling a little bit when he was shooting.”
“He said he was fine, but after you could see that he was not comfortable.”
“We knew before the game it could be very difficult.”
“The team is a team with experience, they have quality in the middle of the pitch, physically they’re strong.”
“It’s a team with experience and quality and players up front that can make a difference.”
“The second half they were pushing harder and we had to defend.”
“In our situation, we have to be sure the team played as a unit and we did it.”
“We were missing the final pass. A point is a point now.”
Rondon’s injury has to be frustrating for Rafa and Newcastle because he’s looked the part when he’s fit.
And he’s the type of striker Rafa wanted when Aleksandar Mitrovic was allowed to leave the club.
He’s on loan and we doubt he will be risked on Saturday if there’s no improvement in his thigh injury this week.
We will probably start with Joselu but he’s looked better than last season.
And maybe the Spanish striker can score his third goal of the season against Leicester City?
Hope so – we need goals to win the game.