Sean Longstaff’s three-match ban for his red card against Wolves has finally ended, and he comes into the reckoning for Saturday’s match against Manchester City. When Isaac Hayden was available after his suspension, he went straight back into the team.
The situations are a little different as Isacc had made 27 straight Premier League starts before his three-match ban. Sean has been in and out of the team due to various reasons.
He was rested at Norwich City since he was still coming back from his knee injury from last season. He also spent a few games on the sidelines with an ankle injury in September.
However, for the most part, when Sean’s been available to play, he’s been in the starting eleven. So there is a good chance he will make his return this Saturday.
Though, this is not an iron-clad certainty by any means. Sean has yet to reach the heights of last season apart from the Manchester United win when he paired with his younger brother Matty in possibly the high point of this campaign.
Speaking to the Chronicle, Sean vows that he is ready to fight for his place. However, he has also used his time away to recharge his batteries, and that could pay big dividends when Sean gets back in the team.
This is what the 22-year-old had to say as he prepares for Saturday’s big game:
“I have been working extra hard to keep up with the lads. Hopefully, now I am available I can hit the ground running and give the manager a headache and get back in the team.
“The positive way of looking at it is I am fresh now. Obviously, I want to play as many games as I can but the red card happened.
“I was disappointed with that. But it allowed me to take a step back and look at other things.
“I’ve seen things from another perspective, get into the gym and get stronger. I will hopefully come back firing on all cylinders.
“There are a lot of games around Christmas and it will be a chance for me to impress.”
This is a good attitude for Sean to have as he could do nothing about the suspension so the best course of action was to try and use it to his advantage.
Longstaff has looked sluggish at times this season, and the hope is this past month has helped him get refreshed. If you think about it, he came straight back from a terrible knee injury and has started almost every game except for the two where he was out with his ankle injury.
Sean’s been able to focus just on training over the past month without any other worries. He’s concentrated on getting his body right while taking a mental break of sorts.
However, he’ll be itching to get back into the team and try to get Newcastle back on track. We think he will get straight back into the team on Saturday and hope to see an inspired performance from the Geordie midfielder.
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