It has been revealed this morning that Jamaal Lascelles has been playing through the pain barrier over the past four months, with the NUFC skipper set to finally undergo a double hernia operation today.
Last weeks win over Preston was his 47th game of the season and looks to be his last this term after a specialist advised him to take immediate action on the injury.
He is set to undergo the operation today, which will see him ruled out of the final game of the season against Barnsley on Sunday.
It is admirable that Jamaal has continued on for so long given the pain that often comes with double hernia’s. It is said that the specialist was shocked that the he had playing with the injury for so long.
Lascelles has had his doubters this year and I must admit that I have concerns over his ability to be a regular starter next year, but his commitment and temperament is admirable and something you cannot question.
This is the sort of fight and grit we’ve missed at Newcastle over the years. Those who slate him should be careful what they wish for.