According to the Chronicle, Jamaal Lascelles left St James’ Park on crutches following his side’s 2-1 win against Bournemouth.
The skipper collided with Martin Dubravka and fell awkwardly in Saturday’s win over Bournemouth, being replaced early on by Paul Dummett after failing to shrug off the knee injury.
The Chronicle have confirmed that he left the ground on crutches, while Steve Bruce confirmed the centre-back will undergo a scan to determine the extent of his injury:
“I’ll not know until the relevant scans, but for him to come off…
“He’s walked off, so we don’t think he’s too serious, but until the relevant scans and X-rays and all the rest of it, then we’ll not no much until Monday, Tuesday.”
Lascelles’ absence will be a blow for Newcastle, as his leadership in defence and presence in the dressing-room is a key reason why the side is currently playing Premier League football today.
However, an injury to one of our central defenders is not as serious as first imagined due to our sheer strength in depth in that area.
We have shown in recent weeks that we are more than capable of dealing with problems in this position, as injuries to Schar and a run of poor form from Dummett has seen Fernandez and Clark come into the side – and both have impressed since.
With Florian Lejuene close to making a return following a knee injury of his own, Steve Bruce will be relieved that it is not one of his attacking players that had to leave the stadium on crutches.
With Newcastle looking short upfront so far this season, a knee injury to Saint-Maximin, Almiron or even Joelinton would be a lot more detrimental to this Newcastle side.
Lascelles is a tough cookie – it is certainly not like him to go off injured – which makes you fear that this injury could see him out of action for a while.
Paul Dummett was speaking in the Chronicle in midweek vowing to win back his position in the side, and opportunities such as this allow for him to try and do just that.
Competition for a place in Newcastle’s backline has certainly benefitted us as a whole over the past couple of seasons, and the genuine feeling is that whoever steps into the fold will be a solid and reliable replacement.