Newcastle fear midfielder could be sidelined for weeks

Date published: Tuesday 27th February 2018 1:29

Newcastle are sweating over an injury to midfielder Jonjo Shelvey which could sideline the player for weeks.

The Magpies have confirmed that the 26-year-old, who has produced some of his best form for the club in recent weeks, was hurt during Saturday’s 2-2 Premier League draw at the Vitality Stadium.

A statement released on the club’s website read: “Jonjo Shelvey suffered a knee injury during Saturday’s draw at AFC Bournemouth. The midfielder will be further assessed and scanned this week.”

Shelvey, a £12million signing from Swansea in January 2016, has made 23 appearances for the club to date this season and was a central figure in their 1-0 win over Manchester United on February 11.

He has endured a testing time at St James’ Park to date, serving a five-match ban last season after being found guilty of racially abusing Wolves midfielder Romain Saiss – a charge he strongly denied – and being sent off twice this term.

Shelvey, who has consulted a psychologist over his anger issues, has risen to the fore as Newcastle have stepped up their bid to keep themselves out of the Premier League’s bottom three.

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Benitez will hope there is no lasting damage, with fellow midfielder Matt Ritchie battling illness ahead of Saturday’s trip to high-flying Liverpool.

The Magpies, who made loan moves for goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, winger Kenedy and striker Islam Slimani in January, went into Saturday’s game with only full-back Jesus Gamez and Slimani unavailable and the Spaniard will be desperate for that casualty list to remain as short as possible as the run-in approaches.

 

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