Rafa Benitez has been dealt yet another midfield injury blow as Ki Sung – Yeung limped off with a hamstring injury while playing for South Korea in their first game of the Asian Cup on Monday.
The Chronicle state that both South Korea and United are waiting to find out just how severe the injury is, with both camps likely to be praying that the results come back as positive as can be.
The blow is softened slightly by the fact Ki was expected to be away at the Asian Cup for the entire month of January, but if it turns out to be serious hamstring injury then we may not see him back in action until mid February.
This adds to the ongoing injury list, with Shelvey struggling to shake off a thigh injury (he’s going to Barcelona for more treatment this week) and Mo Diame struggling with a reoccurring hip problem which meant he sat out of the Blackburn game.
The central midfield area looks very bare at the best of times for us, but things really are going from bad to worse in this department now. Isaac Hayden wants out, Diame and Shelvey are clearly struggling to shake off these reoccurring hip and thigh injuries, so to say we are becoming threadbare in central midfield is an understatement if Ki is set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines.
Sean Longstaff did well against Blackburn and is a youngster who looks ready to make the step up soon, but it would be a big ask to just throw him in at the deep end in a relegation battle.
Hopefully Rafa is given money so we can bring in much needed reinforcements in the transfer window – not that I’m expecting Ashley to answer to his call!