Newcastle United have just confirmed in an official statement that Jamaal Lascelles will go under the knife tonight.
The injury to the United Captain was initially made public in a newspaper exclusive this morning (see below).
That claimed that the player needed a double hernia operation and had been playing in ‘agony’ for the past four months to help the team towards their promotion goal.
This official statement confirms that Lascelles should be ok for next season and will be ready for pre-season training at the beginning of July.
Newcastle United Official Statement:
“Newcastle United can confirm that Jamaal Lascelles is set to undergo a groin operation on Tuesday evening that will see him ruled out of Sunday’s season-closer at home to Barnsley.
“The defender, who has captained United to Premier League promotion this term, missed Friday night’s victory away to Cardiff City in preparation for his operation and is now due to return for pre-season training at the start of July.”
The Mag – Earlier today (Tuesday 2 May 2017):
Tuesday morning brings an exclusive that says Jamaal Lascelles is to have immediate surgery to cure a longstanding problem.
The Newcastle Captain is reported to be having a double hernia operation today (Tuesday) and so will obviously miss the final game of the season.
Ahead of the Cardiff game, Rafa Benitez named (see below) Jamaal Lascelles as one of six players who were going to be missing.
The United boss saying that Lascelles was one of a number of players who had been playing with ‘little problems’.
In typical style, The Sun add into their report of the operation that Jamaal Lascelles has been playing in ‘agony’ for four months.
They claim Rafa Benitez had insisted on the injury being kept secret with only he and his medical staff being aware of it.
However, after playing in the 4-1 victory over Preston eight days ago, Jamaal Lascelles went to see a specialist who said that the player should have immediate surgery.
The report concludes that Rafa Benitez has been assured that if his Captain has surgery now, he should be ready for when the Premier League kicks off in August.
Grant Hanley was also one of those players said to have a ‘little problem’ when missing Cardiff and Chancel Mbemba & Ciaran Clark were given a rare opportunity to play together, keeping a clean sheet and doing pretty well. Sunday against Barnsley looks as if it will give their partnership another chance.
How much the injury has impacted on Jamaal Lascelles is impossible to say but certainly his second-half of the season has been far weaker than the opening half – though you could say that about most members of the team/squad.
Not the quickest player anyway, at times in the last couple of months Jamaal Lascelles has looked really limited in his mobility and so this hernia problem could certainly have been a big factor in that.
Like almost every other position in the team though, we wait to see what Rafa’s intentions/priorities are in the transfer market this summer.
Rafa Benitez – Thursday 27 April:
“In terms of injuries, we have some players who were playing with little problems – Lascelles, Ritchie, Hanley, Anita. Also, Gamez has a problem and Gayle is still not available.
“So with these players, we will try to fix their problems now because we have more time.
“They will not be in the squad (for Cardiff).
“If everything is fine, they will be ready as soon as possible, not for this game but maybe for the next game (final day v Barnsley).”