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.

Rafa Benitez:

“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.”

  • NUFCDan

    If it wasn’t already obvious before Dummett’s injury – get a decent left back you tight c*nts!

    • Oval85

      Since the club sold Enrique in 2010 the club has bought 2 left backs in Laazar last year and Haidara in 2011.

      You can also include Santon, but he was a right back before he was converted into a left back at Newcastle.

      So the club has used about £5,5m on two left backs in 7 years since they got £7,5m for Enrique…


      • Nunatak

        Santon was converted into a left back at inter milan by mourinho before joining us

  • Steve Pearce

    Good news! Lejeune terrified Spurs that much they sent Harry “Killer” Kane to crock him. I just hope that Andy Carroll hoys a sickie on Saturday, particularly as it is rumoured that he may be coming back

  • Bikerboy

    Message for Rafa.Mira siempre el lado bueno de la Vida!