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).”

  • Geordiegiants

    It explains a lot if true.

  • Soldier

    best to sell Gayle you can`t have your main striker out for half the season & it was the same problem at Palace & it makes you wonder why he kept playing Lascelles when he had Mbemba & Hanley because Lascelles has been awful for months

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Now we no why the strikers were going past Jamaal as though they were on a Kawasaki 750

  • Paul Patterson

    Maybe some fans will take a look at themselves and admit they were wrong in slagging him off now that the truth is out.

    Sometimes there is more to a player playing badly than first appears . .

    • Soldier

      why was he selected then ?

      • Paul Patterson

        Trust from the manager, lack of trust from the manager in his replacements . .

        He wouldn’t be the first player to play on through a knock . .

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Na he`s the blue eyed boy & in the last couple of months he cost us points, Leeds being a prime example

          • Wor Monga

            Stop ‘trolling ya life away’ with this blue eyed boy nonsense…Rafa’s the ultimate professional, and there’s nothing he appreciates more than somebody who will work, and encourage others to work exactly the way he demands them to…everybody makes mistakes, and that’s part of the game…even Clark, Hanley, Dummett, Anita, Yedlin, Darlow and your very own favourite son, Chancel!!!

  • Wor Monga

    After the dubious kind of sicknotes and cry-babies we’ve seen over the years, at this club it’s very refreshing to hear of a player that will play through the pain barrier for the manager, and us…

    …it’s not something that would necessarily stop a player from playing, but it would always be there, and he’d be feeling constant discomfort…you can understand Rafa’s decision to keep it quiet with Clark also out long term it left us very much in the lap of the gods with only CD’s left at the crucial final 3rd of the season with away the games to play against Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading…losing those 3 on the trot would have probably seen us hanging on for a play-off spot right now…

    …as it was Clark (still getting match fit after injury), and Mbemba (lack of match practice) were very suspect in the air against Warnocks, big lads, but with promotion assured they can be used!!!