DeAndre Yedlin could be missing for ‘at least’ another month according to Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce.
The American underwent groin surgery in May and although he has been spotted back out on the training pitches recently, it doesn’t look like he’ll be returning to our first-team squad any time soon.
Surgery seemed to be a success earlier on this summer, with him pictured back on his feet doing fitness work at the end of May – just two weeks after his operation – however Steve Bruce’s latest comments suggest he may have suffered a setback, admitting his slow recovery has been a concern:
“DeAndre Yedlin has had an operation, and hasn’t recovered, so it became that we needed cover in that area.”
“We thought he’d be OK, but unfortunately he’s not.
“I can’t see him playing for at least another three or four weeks.
“That’s a worry for us.”
Thankfully we’ve brought in Emil Krafth – a Swedish international who arrived from Amiens for £5m on deadline day – but Bruce may be reluctant to throw him in at the deep end following his last-minute arrival.
As a result, Javier Manquillo looks likely to continue at right-back at Norwich on Saturday; a player who’s actually been in decent form ever since he came in to replace Yedlin in the final few weeks of last season.
While Yedlin’s recovery is an issue that’s generally been out of Bruce’s hands, we’ll have to hope injury issues do not become a theme following Benitez’s exit, with our fitness records significantly improving during the Spaniard’s stint at St James’ Park.