Worrying news on Jonjo Shelvey on Monday morning.

The midfielder was a class above on Saturday when introduced from the bench, an embarrassing performance in the attacking half up to that point, Shelvey’s 33 minutes making him a clear man of the match for Newcastle.

Newcastle had been woeful going forward until Jonjo Shelvey came on and produced some stunning passes, which unfortunately the likes of Joselu couldn’t make the most of.

Many fans had wondered why Shelvey didn’t start the FA Cup match to help get him match fit for Chelsea on Saturday – but Monday  morning’s news appears to explain why he didn’t start.

In an exclusive, The Mail report that Jonjo Shelvey is travelling with one of the NUFC physios this week to Barcelona, where he will visit a specialist.

The newspaper reporting that the player went to see the same specialist in December to try and get to the bottom of his thigh injury.

It is 10 weeks since he last started a game and the report (see below) says that thigh muscle is ‘becoming inflamed’ when he tries to step it up and take part in matches.

As Rafa Benitez has tried to manage the injury, Jonjo Shelvey has even been used sparingly from the bench, including Saturday he has only played 101 minutes since being forced off at home to Watford at the beginning of November.

Ki Sung-yeung did well but his performances were fading a bit before he went off to the Asian Cup, whilst Isaac Hayden isn’t up to the job and states he is still desperate to get away.

Meanwhile Mohamed Diame picked up an injury of his own against Man Utd last Wednesday and was forced off.

The problems piling up for Rafa Benitez and with no help forthcoming so far in the transfer window, that ‘miracle’ is looking tougher to pull off by the day.

The Mail:

‘Jonjo Shelvey will travel to Barcelona this week as he desperately seeks a solution to the recurring thigh injury that is threatening to disrupt the remainder of his season, Sportsmail can reveal.

There is a fear that Newcastle’s star player could miss more games than he plays between now and May and he is a doubt for this weekend’s trip to Chelsea.

Shelvey’s thigh again flared up following his second-half introduction during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Blackburn.

The problem has dogged him since November and the muscle is becoming inflamed after games.

He has made just eight Premier League starts and has been a big miss in the heart of United’s midfield.

Shelvey will visit a specialist in Barcelona along with a club physio in the coming days in a bid to get to the bottom of the injury.

He made the same trip before Christmas but the problem remains a serious concern for the 26-year-old and manager Rafa Benitez.’

  • Paul Patterson

    Probably a good time to get it looked at. We stand no chance at Chelsea, don’t need to play him against Blackburn away and we stand little chance against Man City at home or the following game away at Spurs.

    The only game we’d need him for is Cardiff at home in between.

    • I believe Benitez is taking that root. He looks to have given up on winning against top 6 sides and fields fringe players with 5 at the back, hoping for a draw. I don’t blame him, I couldn’t see us scoring against Fulham, let alone Man City and Spurs.

  • robbersdog

    Aren’t there any specialists in this country?

    • Dillon Tovak


  • Billmag

    Well there you go, those that were asking why the manager isn’t playing this one or that one perhaps he knows just a little bit more than the people that berated him for not picking his best team in the cup.

    • Kenny

      He was never going to pick the best 11 for the Cup as we have no back up
      as the Blackburn game showed.

      • Billmag

        The best 11 Kenny is the only 11 we have, especially midfield and strikers.

  • Danimal

    What an inexcusable shambles. I think you’d have to go back to the Ardiles era or possibly further to find a thinner Newcastle squad than this one (I’m not referring to the players’ waistlines). Two years ago our promotion push was almost derailed by an injury to this guy and here we are, in a different division but no further on. Apart from central defence we have no adequate replacements anywhere and in some positions the first choices are barely up to scratch. I wonder what’s happening in the corridors of power at NUFC at this very moment… Frenzied activity, chasing and closing vital transfers? Or perhaps a much-needed audit of paperclips? I wonder. Tick tock tick tock it’ll soon be 11 o’clock (in the evening on 31st January).

  • Mike

    altogether no…….goin down goin down going down…….
    Thanks to Cashley

  • Peaky

    Can we just put an application in for an early relegation now and save us all the grief for the next 5 months…fuckingshambles…

  • MadMag83

    Could mean a few starts for Longstaff. The club really needs a good defensive midfielder ASAP though as Hayden isn’t up to the job, Ki is away, Shelvey and Diame crocked. Surely even a free signing would be better than nothing?

    • Paul Patterson

      That’s not part of the gamble..

  • Kenny

    If he`s out for anything over 3 weeks to a month then Newcastle are as good as relegated.

    • Squintytoonarmy

      Agreed – Hayden and longstaff are a championship midfield at best

  • Tony English

    Specialist in Barcelona?

    It’s obvious a hush hush swop deal for Messi being finalised.

    • Kenny

      [email protected]@k me, Swiss Toni`s back

      • Tony English

        Why if it isn’t Kendo Grab-a-granny as I live and breathe!

        Never been away mate (apart from holidays).

  • If we are losing Hayden this month could be fatal.
    Our midfield is barely depleted as it is (Longstaff clearly isn’t ready or rusty as we all saw against Blackburn)
    We need a box-to-box and creative midfielder ASAP.

    • Billmag

      We need a Hayden replacement his mind is elsewhere.