There have been club updates on seven Newcastle United injuries ahead of today’s match at Bournemouth.
The full-back position appeared to be getting back to some kind of decent situation in terms of options, only for Massadio Haidara to be forced off against Aston Villa reserves on Monday night.
Steve McClaren though is confident the French left-back will be available for Leicester after the international fortnight:
“The scan shows a groin strain and he (Haidara) will be out a week or two, but should be back after the international break.”
The main talking point this week was the goalkeeping position and McClaren confirmed on Friday that Rob Elliot will play against Bournemouth but clearly he is nowhere near 100%.
Steve McClaren on Rob Elliot:
“You are as certain as you can be every week buut he has come through most things in training and in the situation we are in, he is good enough to play.”
Elsewhere in the team/squad, the club confirmed that Daryl Janmaat will be ok to play today, with his knee injury an ongoing problem and it being the same knee he has had surgery on previously. However, it won’t stop him playing against Bournemouth, though it will be interesting to see if he still goes off to join the Dutch squad for friendlies, or stays on Tyneside to rest.
Kevin Mbabu appeared to take a knock and was subbed on Monday night after Haidara’s injury, though both the club and player confirmed that he was brought off to make sure he was available for Bournemouth rather than any injury concerns.
Rolando Aarons was pictured at Monday’s rserve match with a protective boot on his right foot and Steve McClaren explained that the winger twisted his ankle in training and it will be towards Christmas by the time he is potentially available.
Steve McClaren on Rolando Aarons:
“He got a kick and twisted his ankle. He had a scan and it’s a few weeks, maybe three or four weeks.
“He’s been a little unlucky with injuries. He’s only as young man but he needs to get consistency and some performance, and he just keeps getting little knocks, but they will clear up and they will be right, and, eventually, he will come back and be a good player.”
Friday also saw Newcastle release photos of the squad training and amongst those it showed that Emmanuel Riviere and Sylvain Marveaux are now both back joining in with full training.