Tuesday saw Jamaal Lascelles reveal that he had been carrying an injury for the past six months.

The groin injury meaning he could only train at 50% but the Newcastle Captain determined to see the season out, or at least until Newcastle were promoted.

Jamaal Lascelles was interviewed (see below) as he prepared for the operation yesterday (Tuesday) and talked about the problems he faced over those past six months.

The club have already confirmed that there shouldn’t be any problem with Jamaal Lascelles being ready for pre-season training in early July and after the operation, the NUFC player has announced that the operation was a success.

Jamaal Lascelles speaking to the official club website:

“Five or six months ago, I started feeling my groin. I thought it was a bit of tightness, or whatever, but I was really struggling with it.

“Every day in training, I’d probably train at about 50% – I couldn’t really run, or use my left foot.

“I spoke to the medical staff, and the manager, and it’s not something that can get worse – if you grit your teeth and manage the pain, you can get through it.

“I just thought, ‘We’re in a position here where we can get promoted’, and obviously – being the captain – I wanted to be involved. The manager trusts me and he wants me to play.

“I’ve had a gym programme for four or five months now – you can’t heal it, but you can manage it by doing that. I’ve focused on that every day.

“I’ve probably not helped myself this season, in some areas, but that’s the sacrifice you make, and I’m willing to make it. It’s helped the team, and now I can get this sorted in time for pre-season.

“It has been tough – there have been times where I have had head loss because of how painful it’s been.

“Sometimes, it hasn’t done me any justice because you play how you train. If I’m in training, and I’m just jogging about, it can show on the pitch on a matchday.

“Hernias can be different for different people. I think Alan Shearer once had a hernia and he managed to play nine days later. One of the young boys, Jamie Sterry, has had one and he took it really well – he trained again after four weeks.

“It’s the end of the season and I can rest over the summer a little bit. The first couple of weeks, I’ll just be walking and doing a few different movements, I can’t imagine I’ll be doing anything mad.

“If we weren’t already up, I’d still be trying to get through it and trying to play, but the job has been done, and now I can look after myself and better myself for next season.”



  • Wor Lass

    He showed at the end of last season that he can play in the PL but this season he has been inconsistent – but now we know why. Hopefully, he can now get back on track and fulfil his promise. What I don`t understand is – if things were as painful and limiting as he describes – why the hell he was played week in and week out when our best CB from last season sat on the bench or was even left at home. He was definitely guilty of lapses that led to some key goals and we might have been champions already if Mbemba or Hanley (or Dummy) had stood in more often.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      the lads took stick about his form & to be honest i was one of them that had doubts about his ability, this throws a different light on the situation altogether

      • Wor Lass

        Well said – don`t get too apologetic, though, you`ll just get it rammed down your throat by some people!

    • Geordiegiants

      It just shows that Rafa must have his reasons for not playing Mbemba. People in life form an opinion without knowing the facts, it’s just part of life. Rafa obviously knows what he is doing and the sooner people get that, the better it will be for all concerned.

      • Wor Lass

        I love Rafa and I`m desperate for him to stay but that doesn`t mean I`m going to blindly accept everything he does. I agree that there`s probably much more to the Mbemba situation than we know but management is about getting the best out of everyone by using all of your resources wisely.

        • Wor Monga

          The only thing you need to know about the Mbemba situation is that he’s weak in the air, and that will always be heavily targeted in the Championship!!!

          • Wor Lass

            Well, we won`t have to worry about that next season, then.

        • Geordiegiants

          You are perfectly entitled to your option, but I do think though that we should all be behind him with our support. He has proved although he makes mistakes, he makes a lot more correct than wrong. A season or a cup competition isn’t about a single decision, the Mbemba or Mitro situation, we only see and hear half of it, Rafa makes decisions based on full, factual intelligence.

          • Wor Lass

            That`s true enough but he is a very stubborn man. Anyway, hes delivered the goods as we all knew he would. The title secured on Sunday would just be the icing on the cake!

          • Geordiegiants

            His stubborn streak has got him where he is today, he does it his way no matter what people say, and most of the time he is right.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Disgraceful conduct by the club, well what else can you expect from that lot
    they had 2 full internationals on the bench yet continued to play Lascelles, then they had the January window to replace him & allow him to have a Op.
    his injury inhibited his mobility & cost us points

    • Wor Monga

      …after 45 games we’re promoted, and only 1 point behind the top club with a game to play…yet we lost our top scorer for something like 20 odd games…
      …had a referees blunder cost us a certain 3 points (Forest)…then we lost probably the league’s best quality midfielder for another 5 games for a name calling offence that no official even heard, and then lost probably our best defender (Clark) for about a couple of months on top of all that…

      …yet you can still call Lascelles over his inability to have covered Woods which allowed him moments enough to volley a shot in…even though it was the only sniff he’d had all game…FFS!!!

      • Wor Lass

        He`s not calling Lascelles, though, is he?

  • Wor Monga

    Great news for the lad, and well done to the staff for keeping him in a condition to play some very important matches…I see the club critics (and Mbemba’s fanclub) are speed whinging on here this morning making out that we could have went for promotion sooner without Lascelles…(and of course Clark who was also injured)…so perhaps something needs pointing out…

    …Chancel Mbemba might have been the best CD we had last season starting over 30 of the 38 games, but considering he was alongside Collocini (at 33 yrs old ) for over 20 of them and Taylor for 9 of them…so he didn’t have much competition, until Lascelles came through, for Rafa over the last 10 games…

    …and considering that we conceded 53goals before the last 10 games when we only conceded 12 times even though we played against Spurs, Liverpool, Man C, and Leicester who later became champions…just maybe Rafa might know what he’s doing when it comes down to using a not 100% fully fit central defender!!!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Lascelles played on the left last season & to compliment the medical staff for letting an injured player carry on, well you got to be jioking

      • Wor Monga

        If playing can’t exacerbate the injury…if it doesn’t endanger the players safety…if the league position is at a really critical stage, and if the player (relying on medical advice) is in total agreement with the decision to play on…then yes I’ll commend all parties involved in deciding to play on…

        …We’ve played long periods over the years without having a real captain’s influence on the field…or even at the club…now with Jamaal we’ve got one!!!

        • Paul Patterson

          The amount of times Alan Shearer played on through an injury and bailed us out of the clarts highlights that some players want it more than others and some just fancy sitting games out. Remind me how much Marcelino cost us in fees and wages anyone?

          • Damon Horner

            Exactly. I read the news on Jamaal Lascelles and instantly thought of Koscielny twice recently requesting to be subbed off at half time for Arsenal. Hard to compare the two situations really but it surely shows that Lascelles has a desire and respect for the shirt we apparently love to see in a player, pleased to see we have some who are responding as such to this.

  • Damon Horner

    Nobody really knows the situation so why judge it? it’s not as clear as “he is injured” or “he is not injured” there is a big point of “how injured are they?” which the club looks to have judged well.