The injury list at Newcastle keeps growing by the week. After this weekend’s loss at Liverpool, Fabian Schar faces an uncertain period as the club determine the extent of his calf injury. He is added to the seven players that were ruled out for the Liverpool trip.
When probed about the condition of his star defender, Steve Bruce couldn’t say if the injury was the result of a cramp or a tear. If it is the latter, the length of time that Schar could miss would be anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months.
Though, the Chronicle reported yesterday that Schar was walking freely as he left Anfield. If his calf muscle is injured, then we would suspect it to be a minor strain rather than a grade 2 or 3 tear.
That could me mean that he would miss out on this week’s match against Brighton which is one where three points are expected.
Jonjo Shelvey– second straight start for midfielder?
Another player who Steve Bruce is uncertain on is Sean Longstaff. Sean overturned his ankle during training last week and was forced to miss the match at Liverpool. We are still waiting to hear if he will be available for Brighton. If not, we would expect Jonjo Shelvey to keep his place.
The other player who is a doubt for this Saturday’s game is Andy Carroll who will increase his level of training this week. If he comes through it unscathed, he could be available to make his return to St James Park. Andy has not played in a match since February, so even if he is cleared, we would expect him to start on the bench.
All other players dealing with injuries are most likely out for Brighton. They include DeAndre Yedlin, Florian Lejeune, Allan Saint-Maximin, Matt Ritchie, and Dwight Gayle who are all struggling with longer-term injuries.
If none of the players who are injured are available for this weekend’s match, then we could see the following team picked for the game. While there is only one change from Liverpool, we could also see Javier Manquillo in for Emil Krafth.
The substitutes bench would most likely contain the following players. We had to struggle to find a seventh and settled on Kyle Scott from the reserves:
Karl Darlow, Javier Manquillo, Ciaran Clark, Ki Sung-yueng, Matty Longstaff, Kyle Scott, Yoshinori Muto.
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