On the Newcastle injuries front, Rafa Benitez has revealed both positive and negative news.
The last thing the United boss needed when the season kicked off was Shelvey getting a red card & three match ban, never mind losing half of his first choice defence.
DeAndre Yedlin was already sidelined after picking up an injury pre-season, so the first-half injuries to Paul Dummett and Florian Lejuene added insult to injury as United went down 2-0 to Tottenham.
Asked about those two latest injured players ahead of the second round League game tonight, Rafa confirmed that neither Dummett or Lejene are available.
However, the good news is that he thinks the Frenchman has a chance of being involved against West Ham.
When Lejeune was scythed down by Harry Kane, initial fears were that he could even miss the whole season, with claims it could be an ACL injury.
Thankfully those fears proved wide of the mark and it would be great to see Lejeune back alongside Ciaran Clark as soon as possible, with the pair impressing as a partnership in pre-season.
No mention by Rafa of DeAndre Yedlin’s situation but reports elsewhere have claimed he is also very close to playing again.
Not so good news on Paul Dummett though, with Rafa stating that he will ‘take a little longer’ than Lejeune.
It will be only three games into the league season but this international break could arrive at exactly the right time.
Whatever happens against West Ham on Saturday, the two week break should allow Rafa to get injured players back and hopefully allow a few more signings the chance to bed in.
Meaning that when hostilities resume with the away match at Swansea on Sunday 10 September, the United boss can relaunch the season with the best available team possible.
“Paul Dummett will take a little bit longer – so we must wait.
“Florian Lejeune is working very hard and trying to be available as soon as possible.
“The Nottingham Forest game was too early, for West Ham he will have a chance.”