Steve McClaren has now revealed that Daryl Janmaat is a doubt for Chelsea on Saturday.
Fans were puzzled when the Dutch defender was substituted at half-time but the Head Coach explained after the match that Janmaat was feeling ‘dizzy’ during the first half.
That is certainly a condition most of the watching fans could relate to….
When asked whether the full-back would be alright for Saturday, McClaren avoided the question, simply saying that he would need to take a ‘roll call’ on Thursday morning on the availability of his players.
The United boss says that Chelsea is all about the mentality of his players and those who want to be out on the pitch and turn it around.
Daryl Janmaat is one of very very few who has shown that, if Newcastle lose him as well it would be a massive blow.
Particularly as on top of his defensive duties, he has become Newcastle’s most creative player and biggest goal threat in recent matches.
Currently top scorer with two goals.
Steve McClaren talking to the club’s official TV channel:
Question – ‘Daryl Janmaat came off at half-time, what’s the situation there?’
“He was feeling a little dizzy in the first half, so he said he couldn’t continue, so young Kevin (Mbabu) came on and I thought he did very well.”
Question – ‘Do you expect him to be ok for Chelsea?’
“You know, I think we have to take a roll call tomorrow and have a look at things.
“I don’t think it matters what we do in the next two days, it is about mentality.”
It’s about players who want to be out there:
“It is about players who stand up and want to fight – want to be out there and want to turn it around, because that is what is needed, nothing else.
“So we start tomorrow (Thursday) morning.”