Salomon Rondon will not be playing on Saturday.
An official Newcastle United announcement revealing that he has a thigh injury.
The striker was taken off at half-time last Saturday after complaining of feeling tightness in his thigh.
Having impressed earlier in tough games against Chelsea, Man City and Spurs, as well as a very good goal against Forest in the League Cup, the loan striker did look disappointing against Palace.
Newcastle’s striker options had already looked average to poor before today’s news but this could now be a nightmare for Rafa Benitez.
For the club to bother putting out an announcement doesn’t sound as if this is just a knock and NUFC say further news will be forthcoming, as the player has treatment and is assessed.
Whilst Joselu has scored twice this season, nothing in his overall play convinces that he is good enough to be a first choice in the Premier League, whilst Perez has been shocking so far.
Rafa Benitez as stated that Yoshinori Muto is taking time to adapt and needs to toughen up if he is to be a success in England.
With so little pace in the attacking positions, Muto coming good would be a massive help.
It will be a very interesting team selection on Saturday and will Rafa go for something a bit different, or stick with Joselu and Perez?
The only small positive is that assuming Salomon Rondon isn’t involved next weekend either (Man Utd away), an international break means that between Palace and the game (Brighton home) following the internationals, there will have been a four week window for Rondon to try and get sorted.
With Mitrovic and Gayle both having scored five goals each so far in their respective leagues, no doubt some people will question the player trading this summer.
The bottom line of course is that whichever players came and went, the lack of investment in strikers (and elsewhere on the pitch) is quite shocking, Mike Ashley once again gambling with the team in terms of potential relegation.
Newcastle United official announcement:
Salomón Rondón will miss Saturday’s match against Leicester City after sustaining a thigh injury during last weekend’s draw at Crystal Palace.
The Venezuelan striker, who is on a season-long loan from West Bromwich Albion, was withdrawn from the match at Selhurst Park at half time.
Rondón is undergoing treatment with the Magpies’ medical team and further assessment of the extent of the injury will be made in due course.