There is good news and bad news on the Newcastle injuries front, ahead of Saturday’s crucial game.
United are set to at last have somebody used to playing in the position, as Paul Dummett is set to return at left-back after not being risked against Southampton.
The Geordie defender was back in training last week but only made the bench last weekend, with Rafa Benitez saying pre-match that he would give him a bit longer on the training pitch due to the number of injuries Dummett has picked up previously when rushed back into the team.
Another player who returns is Jack Colback, though it was double figure yellow cards that kept him out of these last two defeats – with Dummett also available, it looks nailed on that the former Sunderland midfielder will play alongside Jonjo Shelvey.
Daryl Janmaat is a doubt on two fronts, forced off on Saturday with a groin problem, the Dutch international then broke two fingers when punching the dressing room wall.
With two other Newcastle injuries, I am sure fans will meet the latest news with a variety of responses, as to how serious the ‘injuries’ actually are and just how much they will be actually missed.
The Shields Gazette report that Steven Taylor will definitely miss the Swansea game after suffering a ‘strain’ against Southampton.
Taylor was dragged off at half-time after a shocking 45 minutes, which included watching as Shane Long strolled past him for the opening goal after only four minutes.
Also set to be absent is Fabricio Coloccini, the Newcastle Captain first ruled out in February with what was said to be a minor injury at the time to his calf.
However, despite training last week and this one, the Shields Gazette say their information is that he won’t be involved on Saturday.