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Benitez Gives An Update On Sean Longstaff Injury

We should know within a couple of days how severe the knee injury is that Sean Longstaff picked up at West Ham on Saturday in the disappointing 2-0 defeat.

There was a distinct lack of concentration from some players in the first half on Saturday and the two poor goals we conceded cost us the game and all 3 points.

Our players must concentrate 100% in the final 9 league games if we are to keep moving up the league table.

Sean was seen leaving the London Stadium on crutches after the game and was wearing a knee brace as a precaution.

Diame had come on at half time for Sean and played well in the season half.

Sean Longstaff in action on Saturday during the first half

Jonjo Shelvey is also available after playing for Newcastle’s U23s away to Fulham on Friday night.

Rafa Benitez was asked about the situation with Sean Longstaff as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“We have to assess him in a couple of days,”  “Obviously when you make a substitution, it’s because he was feeling something.”

“Yes. We will see how they (Shelvey, Ki, Diame)  compete and train, all of them, and so after we will decide.”

“Obviously, to play 60 minutes was important for Shelvey, and the idea was to improve his match fitness, which hopefully it has done.”

“At the beginning of the season we were playing with him (Diame) and Jonjo, so we have different options,”

“Now we have Ki (Sung-yueng), Mo and Jonjo ready along with (Isaac) Hayden.”

“Hopefully, Longstaff will be fine.”

“But, if he’s injured, we have bodies to at least compete between them and see if we can at the very least keep the same level.”

Rafa could simply keep Diame in the side for the game at home to Everton next Saturday if Sean cannot make it.

The Toffees played well in the 0-0 draw at home to Liverpool yesterday afternoon and will be a hard team to beat.

Diame is also getting close to triggering an automatic one-year extension to his contract at Newcastle and has now played 24 times with 21 starts this season.

But he probably would like a two-year deal to end his career at Newcastle.

He will be 32 in June.

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6 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 4, 2019 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #1

    We’re still in a relegation battle with 9 games left and out of the FA cup, we’ve hobbled together a team that is just about fit for purpose and that is down to Rafa, he won’t be hanging around unless there are big changes to our transfer policy and once he leaves we’ll be relegated with that policy as we have been twice before and been so lucky it hasn’t been more.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 4, 2019 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Nicky, how can you say we’ve done well with a zero net spend, we’ve lost half our games and are one of the lowest scoring teams in the division with entertainment being at an all time low, we are going to scrape survival mate, that is not doing well. We can afford a decent transfer kitty and improvements to the infrastructure and Rafa knows this if he doesn’t get both he’ll be off.

  • Laurent Robert The Legend

    Mar 4, 2019 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #3

    What does Muto, Barreca, Ki, Shelvey have to do to be in the team? I understand that the team is playing well..but when we’re a couple goals down surely these creative players need to be given a go. Introducing dummet is no solution to turn things around. For all the good thinga that Rafa supposedly does this is what he should improve on. Give everybody a right go at things. Not only when someone’s injured.

  • martoon

    Mar 4, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Laurent – the reason for Dummett was so we could switch to a back 4 with a proper Left Back and play Richie further forward – you may not agree with it but it was an attacking change!

  • magpie6699

    Mar 4, 2019 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Lots of bipolar people on this blog! When we win 2 games we are invincible and X and Y should be picked for England and Rafa is the best manager. Then we lose a game and we are the worst ever, and we should get rid of Rafa, Schar is a disaster, Perez is useless blah blah. Get a grip. We’re 6 points and goal difference ahead of Cardiff with 9 games to go, 2 wins should do it, so relegation would only be the result of a disastrous run – hopefully not! I must admit Everton have (bought) some tasty players so Saturday won’t be easy. HWTL!

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Mar 4, 2019 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #6

    Yeah, we’ve taken too long to get here and we took too big a risk, but we have come a long way. This squad is quite a bit better now than its current league position indicates. Shocking start, but since then we’ve been at the races, and bought well again in Almiron.

    Scout well, prepare the players well, bring through the kids, and you won’t need to alter the transfer policy too much for Rafa to achieve sustained success. Realistically, Ashley won’t ever change it too much anyway, in my opinion, but he might well agree to invest in hard assets, to keep Rafa on board, and keep some sort of peace with the fans..


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