Shelvey wasn’t even in the squad for the Wolves game and Fernandez limped off at half-time after suffering a calf injury – and it seems neither have shrugged them off as of yet.
Here’s a snippet from the club’s official website:
With DeAndre Yedlin suspended and Federico Fernández an injury concern for the weekend after a calf problem sustained against Wolves, Lejeune’s continued progress is a boost for the Magpies manager. Jonjo Shelvey is also a doubt for the game at the John Smith’s Stadium
Lejeune’s return is a real boost (especially if Fernandez is due to be out for any length of time), however he almost certainly won’t be rushed back. On the plus side, Dummett is back in full training so you’d like to think he’d be able to start on Saturday.
As far as Shelvey goes, both Ki and Diame have formed an impressive partnership in his absence, but they are due a rest – especially with so many fixtures coming our way over the festive period.
Fernandez could be the biggest miss. He’s been one of our standout players this season, and with Lascelles’ looking out of sorts over the weekend we could do with a player of his calm and class back in the side.