Not the best news ahead of Sunday’s clash with Wolves, with it emerging that Jonjo Shelvey will now miss the game with a groin injury.
This comes from The Mail’s Craig Hope, who reports that the midfielder has been playing with the problem for a number of weeks and could now be missing until after November’s international break – meaning he’d miss upcoming games against Wolves, Everton and Southampton.
Here’s what Hope posted on Twitter late on Saturday night, along with Steve Bruce’s comments on the injury:
“Jonjo has been carrying a bit of an injury, which he does unfortunately.
“He puts himself out there when maybe he shouldn’t have done.
‘He’s had a sore groin now for the past two, three weeks and tried to play with it.
“It’s come to the stage where he’s not going to be able to, but I’ve got nothing but the hugest respect for Jonjo.
‘He’s a very, very good player and most players wouldn’t be playing with the injury that he’s played with.
“We’ll probably address that over the next two or three weeks.”
With Hayden touch and go for the game and Hendrick struggling to make an impact in recent weeks, this is a blow Steve Bruce could’ve really done without.
That said, he’s hardly helped himself by allowing an injured player to play. It never ends well!
On the plus side, Sean Longstaff is back after overcoming tonsillitis and Matty is fit again after playing two U-23 games this week, however Jonjo Shelvey – for all his limitations off the ball – is one of few in our squad who can unlock the door and create for our front four.
He’s been poor in recent weeks and a passenger at times, but we need a ball player alongside Isaac Hayden – and I’m not sure who that player is when Shelvey’s sidelined.
Let’s hope Hendrick can up his game or Sean Longstaff get back to the form that saw him break onto the scene in style under Benitez!