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Confirmed new injury means Newcastle star set to be missing up to 3 months

3 years ago
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Newcastle will now have to manage without Chancel Mbemba for at least the next month.

It has now been confirmed by the DR Congo team doctor that the NUFC defender has injured his hamstring.

With Foot.CD reporting that Chancel Mbemba will be resting for a minimum of a month, before he can even start his rehabilitation.

Then a warning that his absence could stretch for up to three months if the injury ‘is not treated properly’.

Foot.CD:

‘Leopards Democratic Republic (DRC) have conceded a draw (2-2) against their Tunisian counterparts Tuesday, September 5 on behalf of the 4th day of qualifying for the World Cup, Russia in 2018.

Chancel Mbemba Mangulu, midfielder from Newcastle, is out through injury in 59th minute.

The former player of Anderlecht’s hamstring, according to Dr. Jean-Pierre Bungu Kakala, the team doctor national DRC contacted by FOOT.CD, and risks a three month unavailability (if the injury is not treated properly) pending further medical examinations. This would obviously be a big blow for the Leopards and his club.

Whatever is certain, he will be at rest for at least a month before beginning his rehabilitation. Consequently, he will miss the match of Saturday 7 October for the trip to face the Knights of the Mediterranean of Libya and of course some meetings with Newcastle, he who had already taken its momentum since the beginning of the season.’

The Mag – Earlier today (Wednesday 6 September):

Chancel Mbemba was captain for DR Congo yesterday (Tuesday) and gave them a ninth minute lead against Tunisia (watch it below), the Newcastle defender’s team going two up just after half-time to give them renewed hope of qualifying for the World Cup finals in Russia next summer.

At that point, DR Congo and Chancel Mbemba were now favourites to qualify, with three points putting them top of the group, ahead of Tunisia on goal difference.

However, they then suffered a late collapse as Tunisia grabbed two late goals to equalise and grab a draw – leaving Tunisia now three points ahead with two games to go.

No doubt the late collapse was at least in some part related to Chancel Mbemba being forced off on 59 minutes with an unspecified injury, which isn’t great news for Rafa Benitez .

In such a vital qualifier, difficult to see Mbemba leaving the pitch just as a precaution. The trip to Swansea on Sunday sees both DeAndre Yedlin and Florian Lejeune reported to possibly return, so hopefully the United boss will have other options if injury rules the DR Congo defender out.

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