Newcastle United defender is a doubt for Saturday’s visit from champions Manchester City, as reported by Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie.
The 60-cap USA international is understood to be carrying a hip injury, and may not be available for Steve Bruce’s men in the weekend’s early kick-off.
Downie shared the news via his official Twitter, and also suggested that summer signing Emil Krafth could be called upon to deputise for the American.
This is a blow for Newcastle, undoubtedly. When a side like Manchester City come to town, you want your absolute best available to contest against them, and any kind of absentee will only weaken your squad by limiting your options. In this instance, things are made worse by the fact that Krafth has really struggled to adapt to life in England. The Swede has averaged just 0.8 tackles and 0.7 interceptions per game so far this season, as per Whoscored, and has been equally as ineffective on the front foot too. Going forward he has managed just 0.2 successful dribbles and no key passes, and while that may not be what is required of him against the champions, it is still not an ideal set of numbers. Yedlin could still play, and it’s got to be better than Krafth getting the nod.
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