There is a report in the Shields Gazette that confirms Jetro Willems is suffering from a groin injury that forced him to miss out on the win over Crystal Palace.
However, the good news is that he is expected to be back for Thursday’s match at Manchester United. Jetro was a big miss on Saturday as Paul Dummett had to be moved further up the pitch as an outlet on the left.
Jetro Willems is set for a return at Old Trafford on Boxing Day (GW19) via @milesstarforth
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It was a game that had Jetro’s name written all over it, and we don’t think we would have struggled half as much if Willems was in the team.
Dummett gave his all and was excellent defensively, as you’d expect. However, he went down with a reported groin problem late in the game and had to be replaced by DeAndre Yedlin.
Hopefully, Paul will also be back for Thursday or at least Saturday’s match against Everton. We are suddenly very short on defenders even with so many in the ranks.
A return for Jetro will be a big boost for Steve Bruce in a match that we can definitely get something out of. His absence on Saturday showed how much the Dutchman means to this team.