Rafa Benitez revealed only after the Reading game that DeAndre Yedlin had been out of action due to injury.
The United boss explaining that the right-back had picked up a ‘knock’ against Brighton and they hadn’t thought it was serious – but when he came on as a substitute against Huddersfield, the player himself ‘wasn’t feeling comfortable’ and so had to be left out of the Reading match.
Rafa saying last Wednesday that they though it was just a small tear to the thigh and expected him to be out only one or two weeks.
However, now in the lead up to the Birmingham match and in the aftermath of the Fulham defeat where Vurnon Anita was taken to the cleaners by 16 year old Ryan Sessegnon, his lack of pace ruthlessly exposed, Rafa Benitez says that he now is unsure of when he will have Yedlin available again.
The United boss saying that they have had to ask for ‘a second opinion’ on the injury and that it will probably be next week before he has any update.
Newcastle fans have maybe taken for granted the extra that DeAndre Yedlin has given the team in the last couple of months, he may be a bit wayward at times but his electric pace gives Newcastle another dimension, especially going forward.
Fans assumed that at worst, the USA international would be back for Wigan on 1 April after the international break but even that may now be in doubt with Rafa’s concerns now.
As the Manager keeps on saying, a packed April with seven matches is set to decide the promotion issues and Yedlin would be a big loss if unavailable.
Rafa Benitez update:
“We don’t know (how long DeAndre Yedin will be out), we are waiting for a second opinion.
“We thought it wasn’t too bad but we will have to analyse carefully what is going on and then decide.
“I think it’s too soon and next week we may have more information.
“We have (Vurnon) Anita and Jesus (Gamez) fighting for that position and that’s always positive for the team.
“It’s good for us because Anita has been doing well and Jesus also played well the other day (At Reading).
“His (Gamez’) match fitness is something he needs to improve and he only way to do that is playing games.
“We will see but I will say the competition for places is really good.
Rafa Benitez – Wednesday 8 March:
“He received a knock at Brighton and it was worse than we were expecting.
“We thought it could be fine but when he played 10 minutes (as a sub at Huddersfield) he wasn’t feeling comfortable and we had to leave him out of the squad.
“Maybe one or two weeks (out), maybe has a small (thigh) tear.