Sky Sports: Eddie Howe dealt early blow as player is ruled out of Nottingham Forest clash

Sky Sports have confirmed that Jonjo Shelvey has been ruled out of our opening game of the season against Nottingham Forest after suffering a hamstring injury.

Conflicting reports have emerged – Keith Downie claims he’ll be missing for ‘two weeks’, while The Mail’s Craig Hope expects him to miss ‘three to four’ – but both confirm he’ll be forced to sit out next weekend’s opening game of the 2022/23 campaign, at the very least.

This comes after the midfielder limped off in Tuesday night’s 3-2 defeat to Benfica – a real shame given he’d returned for pre-season in the best shape of his career after spending his holiday training hard in Turkey.

The good news is it’s not ‘too serious’, meaning he should be back in action before too long, but it’s an unwanted blow for Eddie Howe just a week before the big kick off – especially when he’s likely to miss at least two of our opening fixtures against Forest and Brighton.

Here’s the updates released by the North-East reporters at Sky Sports and The Mail, starting with Keith Downie’s slightly more positive take:

If Hope is right, it could mean Shelvey misses the following fixtures – along with the double-header against Atalanta and Athletic Bilbao over the coming days:

  • Nottingham Forest (H) – August 6th
  • Brighton (A) – August 13th
  • Man City (H) – August 21st
  • Wolves (A) – August 28th

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8 thoughts on “Sky Sports: Eddie Howe dealt early blow as player is ruled out of Nottingham Forest clash

  1. Showing the frailties of a paper thin squad again. At the current state of play, I am worried about us this season. We have only bought two players. Pope and Botman. Target was here last year. So many teams around us are improving dramatically. And the big six are spending big. So the gulf between us remains. I don’t think, and it’s my personal opinion, that we are having a good window so far.

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  2. Stephen:
    Showing the frailties of a paper thin squad again. At the current state of play, I am worried about us this season. We have only bought two players. Pope and Botman. Target was here last year. So many teams around us are improving dramatically.And the big six are spending big. So the gulf between us remains. I don’t think, and it’s my personal opinion,that we are having a good window so far.

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  3. Shelvey is often out of action, not as bad as Dummet or Gayle have been but not far of.
    We are reasonably well stocked in midfield, would have liked Paqueta in for Shelvey or Longstaff.
    There is more in the tank with Willock but he needs to be worked on.
    Give Wood back to Burnley for Cornett would be a step in the right direction then go for a covering forward. Wood offers absolutely nothing for me.
    If we have spent only £3 million initially for Pope and the spends for Botman and Taggart bearing in mind we have offloaded Clark, the ex Arsenal midfielder, a goalkeeper and Gayle we must have more cash to spend.

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  4. It was very unlikely that Shelvey was penciled in to start any of the games he’s missing, and also unlikely that he would had much, if any, time on as a sub.

    Personally I rate him, but common sense would suggest we’ll get by without him for a month.

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  5. V: Showing the frailties of a paper thin squad again.

    Am I missing something here? We have a completely new back four and our midfield is hardly lacking. The only place we even resemble paper thin is up front, which has been a problem for nigh on 3 years.

    I thought I could be a miserable git, but I have to hand the crown over to you.

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