According to the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder, Newcastle pulled the plug on a deal for Jordan Lukaku because they were ‘concerned’ about his history with knee injuries – feeling his medical showed up fitness concerns.
The Lazio left-back suffered a knee ligament injury last summer – with this being the reason he missed out on Belgium’s 2018 World Cup squad – but surely we would’ve been fully aware of this?
Here’s what Lee Ryder has had to say when discussing the reason why a deal was called off:
The left-back flew to Tyneside for a medical but United pulled the plug on the transfer due to fitness concerns.
Lukaku’s injury history – with the player suffering with knee problems in recent seasons – was said to be a concern to the club and the player flew back to Rome today.
I understand that it could have been a risk, but this is EXACTLY what you have to deal with when you decided to do business this late in the day?
Also, it’s also worth reading what Kristan Heneage has had to say about the ‘failed medical’ below – stating that a player technically never fails the medical, but instead a club analyses the information they’re given and make a decision themselves as a result.