DeAndre Yedlin has brushed off picking up a black eye as just part of the game.

When he left for international duty after the win at Rotherham, the full-back was sporting both a black eye and a heavily strapped ankle.

Both injuries were picked up during the Aston Villa match a week before and DeAndre Yedlin says ‘I have got some scars’.

However, he accepts that it is just part of the competitive nature of the Championship and with the sheer number of matches, accidents/injuries will happen.

His pace is obviously a big asset and helps keep him out of trouble much of the time, especially when it comes to getting up and down the pitch as an attacking full-back.

However, he has also pointed to the big benefits of playing with somebody like Matt Ritchie, another player who’s workrate has impressed Newcastle fans. The right-hand side proving once again the biggest strength for Newcastle, though admittedly this appears to be the case not just with the Ritchie/Yedlin partnership, as any combination from those two and Christian Atsu & Vurnon Anita has been a winner.

DeAndre Yedlin:

“It (black eye) was from the Villa game,  I have got some scars.

“It is a physical league and I was prepared for it – the medical staff have done a great job in getting me back fit.

“It’s just something you have to go through. That’s fine.

“This league is a very physical league, so you have to prepare for it.

“You want that (plenty games), especially as a younger player.

“ It’s great, as there are so many games and so many opportunities to play.

“It’s a great move for me to come here. Playing under Rafa has been unbelievable.

“He (Matt Ritchie) is a great player to play with and he is always going to give one hundred per cent.

“If you make a mistake he is right there behind you which is huge.

“So long as you have got their back and they have got yours, I think it is a hard connection to stop.

“I haven’t run the 100m since I was 14 and I don’t remember my time and I haven’t run track since then.

“Pace is just something I’ve been blessed with since I was little, I guess, it is a strength of mine and I try use it.”