Jonjo Shelvey gave an interview to NUFC TV last night as the squad visited some children at the Newcastle Royal Infirmary.
Shelvey explained how he was injured and also seems to be very confident of a return on Saturday. This is what the stand-in skipper had to say:
“I had a minor strain in my calf on Thursday before the game. It’s probably key to miss one game rather than six or seven if I’d made it worse.
“I should be back training by Thursday, so that’ll give me a chance to play on Saturday, so fingers crossed.”
The injury occurred on the Thursday training session, which makes sense as Jonjo was seen in the training images released last Wednesday. So was Miguel Almiron, so we would assume that he picked up his hamstring injury around the same time as Jonjo.
Jonjo Shelvey and Miguel Almiron– in training last Wednesday
As you would expect, Jonjo wanted desperately to be involved at Burnley. If it was up to him, he would have been. This is what Shelvey said about the decision to miss out last weekend:
“I didn’t want to miss the game on Saturday. I still asked if I could play but the medical staff made a decision to miss that game.”
This is a very promising update from the midfielder. It appears as though Jonjo is ready to return barring a reaction in tomorrow’s session. So fingers crossed that the in-form 27-year-old will make it through unscathed.
Here is a wonderful video of the players and staff at the Newcastle Royal Infirmary. It’s so great that Newcastle do this annually for these children who are going through such a rough time in their young lives.
?? With Christmas just around the corner, #NUFC paid a visit to the Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary to hand out presents and spend time with poorly youngsters, their families and hospital staff. ????https://t.co/C0xcm81sGM
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) December 17, 2019