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.
‘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.’