Newcastle players Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett were forced off early in the game against Spurs on Sunday.

Dummett left the pitch after only seven minutes with a hamstring problem, whilst Florian Lejeune, who had looked impressive in pre-season, was forced off after half an hour when a poor Harry Kane challenge was punished by a yellow when it could possibly have been a red.

The club have updated on the injuries with an official announcement on Tuesday morning.

It is good news all round as NUFC state that ‘both players are expected to be out for weeks, rather than months’.

It was the last Rafa Benitez needed on Sunday after his very limited success in the transfer market, to lose two of his back four.

Only for Jonjo Shelvey to add to those problems when stupidly sent off three minutes after the break.

The United boss was already trying to bring in another left-back, so not very helpful to lose the only one he currently has.

As for Florian Lejeune, he had played more pre-season minutes than any other Newcastle player and had struck up a promising partnership with Ciaran Clark.

With an international break after West Ham at home in only 11 days time, hopefully the two players will be back available in four weeks time when NUFC visit Swansea.

Newcastle United official announcement:

‘Newcastle United have confirmed that defenders Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett will be out of action for a number of weeks.

Both players were forced off with injuries during the first half of Sunday’s Premier League defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at St. James’ Park.

Dummett limped off with a hamstring injury after just seven minutes, before Lejeune – making his Magpies debut – sustained ankle ligament damage during a tackle by Harry Kane.

Assessments by the club’s medical staff are continuing in order to establish the full extent of their injuries but both players are expected to be out for weeks, rather than months.’



  • Rich Lawson

    ”Drinks all round barman”,rare outbreak of good news on Mag !

  • Leazes Ender

    Thats the good news is it?

    • Rich Lawson

      ”Ashley walks”,( Oh,sorry, that was just to the bar !)

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Match day 1
    3 players down already, hamstring will be more than a couple of weeks as will ligament damage. My guess 6 weeks

    • Paul Patterson

      Depending on how serious it is, it could be six weeks before training can resume. Im guessing eight weeks for Lejeune and Dummett four weeks.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        proberbly

  • Jezza

    It’s hardly “very positive news” that two of our first choice defenders are both going to be out for several weeks is it.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      i don`t care what anybody says Clark`s no full back, it`s lucky we have Lascelles & Mbemba, 2 young lads but against a lot of teams they`ll cope

      • mentalman

        we may see 3-5-2 or 5-3-2 utilised until the international break to get clark away from playing at full back

        • Paul Patterson

          Could be spot on there, Kenedy can play anywhere on the left.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            So can Joe Bryan

          • mentalman

            atsu, aarons manquillo gamez, haidara and lazaar can all play in a left wing back position, we’ve got options but there’s only 3 of the above i could see being used.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      First choice? I thought Florian Lejeune was a typical skrimping purchase from a struggling side with no premier league expirience, a purchase that had Graham Carr written all over it?

      • Jezza

        Trying to stir it up again are you? Yes Lejeune was an underwhelming signing with no Premiership experience but he was also in the starting eleven for the first game of the season, ergo he is a first choice defender. Once again you have made a comment with no validity whatsoever.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          The point being that you (and others) were bemoaning him signing. Now yo are saying he will be missed at centre half, I happen to agree, he looked very assured but somewhere, one of your opinions must be wrong.

          • Jezza

            It’s not my opinion. He featured heavily in the pre season games and started against Spurs. Therefore he is a first choice defender regardless of how anybody felt about his credibility as a summer signing. Will you stop twisting things and putting words in peoples’ mouths. It’s getting very tedious. Give it a rest.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            OK, perhaps I’ll ask you outright. Do you think he looked a great buy in the current transfer market?

          • Jezza

            You keep doing this. You kep going off at a tangent asking questions and trying to spark arguments on themes that have got nothing to do with the subject under discussion.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            It’s hardly an argument, you say Yes, I say something along the lines about waiting to see how he plays for us before jumping to conclusions. You say no, I act surprised.

  • Wor Lass

    “Weeks rather than months” means up to 7 and a bit weeks – that`s a long time to be without two first teamers. The silver lining could be that the powers that be finally get their fingers out and sign a few players.

  • molend

    Interesting picture of Kane ‘trying to put the ball out of play’