Rafa Benitez has given an injury update on three Newcastle players who left the game yesterday in the second half – all becasue of injuries.
Miguel Almiron left in tears after it looks like he had pulled a hamstring and if that’s the case, it’s hard to see him playing again this season – which ends three weeks today when we play at Fulham.
It looks like Fabian Schar was carrying a slight injury on Friday and then he came off just after Almiron had departed.
Finally, Isaac Hayden seems to have been struggling with a nagging injury, and he was given a standing ovation from the fans when he came off for the brilliant way he’s played since December.
Miguel Almiron – distraught with likely hamstring injury
It’s just a pity Hayden will likely be leaving us this summer.
This is what Rafa said after the game about Almiron as reported in the Chronicle:
“He was working very hard and it is not easy for a player who was doing well in another country, at a massive club in front of 52,000 fans, to then get injured and maybe have to be out for the rest of the season.”
“It is his first injury of this type.” “He was doing well and the fans love him.”
“It is a hamstring injury but we will have to see how he is.”
“We will have to speak with the doctor and see how he reacts.”
“Schar was complaining (about a slight injury) on Friday and we saw him in the first half.”
“We weren’t very keen to do any substitutions at the start of the second half because we knew we had one or two little problems. In the end, it was like that.”
“It is bad for them (injured players), but we have other players, and maybe they will get a chance to do their best now.”
It will give some of our other players a chance.
If Hayden is fit for next Saturday, he will likely start but if not then it could be a chance for Jonjo Shelvey to finally start a game again.
And with Miguel very likely out for the season, it will give a chance for Christian Atsu to show what he can do on the left wing.
If Fabian Schar can’t play at Brighton next Saturday, we’ll see Federico Fernandez in his place.
So we should still have a strong team that hopefully can get all 3 points at Brighton.