Jamaal Lascelles has confirmed that his hamstring injury “isn’t anything too bad”, claiming he could even be back in a matter of “days”.
The skipper limped off in that 0-2 win at Everton and missed Saturday’s 3-2 win over Southampton- a game that saw Fabian Schar stretchered off, Javier Manquillo suffer ankle ligament damage and Callum Wilson feel his hamstring go!
Both Schar and the club have confirmed that the Swiss star will be missing for ‘several months’ with a ‘torn knee ligament’, with a specialist set to decide whether he’ll need surgery – a decision that’ll impact his ability to play again this season or feature at this summer’s Euros.
On the plus side, it seems Lascelles may be back sooner than expected. Here’s what he’s had to say, followed by updates on social media from Schar and Wilson:
“I’ve had my scan, and the result was probably the best outcome I could have had,”
“It isn’t anything too bad, and it’ll hopefully just be a case of a few days rather than anything longer. Hopefully, it can just settle down.
“Obviously, it’s still frustrating, though. I’ve been out for two months because of Covid, built my fitness back up in the games I played, and then I felt my hamstring just when I was starting to get to full fitness. But, thankfully, it definitely isn’t as bad as it could have been.”
Considering Ciaran Clark was only missing on Saturday due to his wife being in labour, it seems we may have a few first-team centre halves returning just when we need them ahead of tough trips to Chelsea and Man Utd.
Hayden has filled in admirably, however he can be a big miss in midfield and may be able to return if Clark and Lascelles are fit for Monday’s trip to Stamford Bridge. Fernandez is another, although Bruce’s last update on the Argentine suggested he was still a good few weeks away.
Schar is a huge blow – he’s our best ball player at the back and had been finding form again – however we will be in safe hands if Clark, Lascelles and Hayden can hold the fort until Fernandez is fit again.
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