Daryl Janmaat was forced off in the later stages of Newcastle’s draw with Sunderland, replaced by Vurnon Anita.
Then Monday it was revealed he had pulled out of Holland’s upcoming friendlies against France and England.
Rafa Benitez has now confirmed that the problem is a knee injury which is troubling the Dutch full-back.
Back in October, Daryl Janmaat was also forced to pull out of the Netherlands squad and it was confirmed then that he had an ongoing knee problem. However, despite missing international action back then, Janmaat didn’t miss any match time for Newcastle, so hopefully this time it will be a similar outcome with a couple of weeks rest calming it down.
Despite not being at his best on Sunday, presumably the injury playing a part, Daryl Janmaat has been one of Newcastle’s best players this season and would be a big loss if having to miss the next game at Norwich.
On the other side of the pitch, whilst Jack Colback did his best at left-back, the fact he will be missing the next two games due to picking up his tenth yellow card and a two match suspension, won’t be seen as much of a blow defensively by most Newcastle fans.
As for who could play there, the Shields Gazette report that Massadio Haidara is now back in light training and aiming to step it up, with the hope of making that trip to Norwich.
The French 23 year old has had a stuttering career so far and started only 23 Premier League games for Newcastle, a series of injuries and up and down form has affected his progress.
At times looking the part, though all too rarely, fair to say that Massadio Haidara looks better going forward, whilst Paul Dummett (not expected to be back in time for Norwich) is marginally better defensively.
Neither really convincing that they are a solution to one of Newcastle’s ongoing problem positions but with Rafa Benitez saying that one of his priorities is to get better service to Aleksandar Mitrovic, Haidara could yet have a key role to play this season.
The service from Newcastle’s left against Sunderland was non-existent as Sissoko and Colback struggled to contribute anything of note, Massadio Haidara could add some quality on that side, if he can get fit…
It could also be interesting to see whether Haidara’s extra mobility could provide a better fit with Andros Townsend and return Moussa Sissoko to the right, where he and Janmaat had provided most of Newcastle’s (little) threat this season.
Hopefully a good omen, Haidara’s last Premier League action was the last 25 minutes as a sub for Dummett against Norwich back in October, United leading 4-2 at the time and going on to win 6-2.