It was good news last week that our new forward Yoshinori Muto was left out of Japan’s initial 23 man squad for the Asian Cup, but he has just received a late call-up and is now included in the squad.
The Asian Cup is in the United Arab Emirates and starts on 5th January, and the final takes place on 1st February.
The Japanese forward is likely to miss all four of Newcastle’s league games in January, and also the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
Yoshinori Muto – could miss six games for Newcastle in January
If we manage to get through to the next round of the FA Cup by beating Blackburn Rovers at home (that’s possible), he will also miss the 4th round tie.
Muto has struggled since he arrived at Newcastle in the summer from Mainz.
He’s had some niggly injuries, and his wife recently had a baby back in Tokyo – so he’s had a tough time of things so far.
And this call-up will further disrupt his getting into the Newcastle first team on a regular basis.
Ki Sung-yueng is in the South Korean squad, and his last game for Newcastle will be the tough away game at Anfield against an unbeaten Liverpool on Boxing Day.
Let’s hope Jonjo Shelvey will be fit for that game – but that’s unlikely.
So that’s two players we will lose in January to the Asian Cup – so this is when the squad players have to do their jobs.