Ki Sung-yeung kicked off his Asian Cup campaign on Monday but it didn’t exactly go according to plan.

Expected to easily beat the Philippines in their opening Group C match, instead South Korea were drawing 0-0 as they approached the hour mark.

The Newcastle man pulled up with a suspected hamstring injury in the 58th minute and was promptly subbed.

No news as yet on how serious it is likely to be but the last thing Rafa Benitez needs is another player with injury problems.

Mohamed Diame was forced off due to injury against Man Utd on Wednesday, whilst Isaac Hayden had a shocking game on Saturday against Blackburn, having once again said he is desperate to leave Newcastle United as soon as possible.

Today then brought news that Jonjo Shelvey is flying to Barcelona to see a specialist once again, as he aggravates a thigh issue whenever trying to step up and play competitive football with the first team.

Shelvey hasn’t started a first team game in 10 weeks and even when making relatively brief appearances off the bench, it is still causing him pain in the thigh afterwards.

As for South Korea, nine minutes after Ki Sung-yeung was replaced, they found a winner, Hwang Ui-jo scoring the goal.

South Korea were runners-up in the last staging of the Asian Cup and now join China on three points at the top of Group C.

Ki Sung-yeung was due to play on Friday (11th) and next Wednesday (16th), however, it now remains to be seen if he plays any further part in the tournament.

As for Yoshinori Muto, he and Japan begin their group matches with a game against Turkmenistan on Wednesday.

Asian Cup matches/schedule for Ki Sung-yeung and Yoshinori Muto:

Monday 7 January

South Korea 1 Philippines 0

Wednesday 9 January

Japan v Turkmenistan

Friday 11 January

South Korea v Kyrgyzstan

Sunday 13 January

Japan v Oman

Wednesday 16 January

South Korea v China

Thursday 17 January

Japan v Ukbekisatan

After the group stages the knockout games are played:

Last 16 matches are 20-22 January

Quarter finals are 24 and 25 January

Semi finals 28 and 29 January

Final is 1 February

Newcastle United upcoming matches:

Saturday 12 January 2019 (BT Sport)

Chelsea v Newcastle (5.30pm)

Tuesday 15 January or Wednesday 16 January 2019

Blackburn v Newcastle

Saturday 19 January 2019

Newcastle v Cardiff (3pm)

Saturday 26 January 2019 (weekend of)

Potential FA Cup fourth round match

Tuesday 29 January 2019 (BT Sport)

Newcastle v Man City (8pm)

Saturday 2 February 2019 (Sky Sports)

Tottenham v Newcastle (12.30pm)

Monday 11 February 2019 (Sky Sports)

Wolves v Newcastle (8pm)

  • Kenny

    Hamstring, 6 weeks
    Just gets better by the day, doesn`t it.

    • Billmag

      The ball’s well and truly in the fat oaf’s court.

      • Kenny

        I don`t think he cares.

        • Billmag

          I think you are correct he’s on record as saying we’ve gone down before and come back so we can do it again, with that sort of attitude he doesn’t give two [email protected]@ks.

          • Kneebotherm8

            He’ll be thinking it’s a cakewalk given our previous two efforts with minimal nett investment both times……he could be in for a shock……

        • Wezza

          He isn’t, he has his money back and a whole lot more. If he sells club for 80M will do him and leave it a broken shell of a club.

    • Tomb

      it’s not impossible but only because there are three or four seriously weak rivals to stay up and one of those look down already. no guarentees we’ll finish ahead of the rest though

      • Billmag

        It is when you have an owner like the fat one

      • Danimal

        I think there’s only one. Fulham and Southampton have better players than us. Burnley pulling themselves together. Cardiff might be worse than us but they are enjoying the underdog role plus they will sign players this month.

        • Tomb

          Fulham have spent money but not sure they’ve acquired much quality for all that. their key player Mitrovic was surplus to requirements for us so they can’t be that much stronger

    • Kneebotherm8

      Rafa is hamstrung by the FCB…..

  • Mrkgw

    Typical of our luck. I’m sure the club is cursed – and not just by Ashley.

  • Tweed Mag

    Ashley’s gamble with a paper thin squad is beginning to fail comprehensively. Panic loan deals are on their way.

  • Steven05

    When is Gareth Bale’s contract up??

  • Paul Patterson

    This season is starting to seriously unravel . .

  • robbersdog

    Oh well, more bad news. Hey, Google THIS and it’ll cheer you up…

    Former Newcastle star Steven Taylor branded cheat after both lovers discover he calls them the pet name ‘long pins’.

    • Rabid Dog

      Class…. you dirty dog you Steven.

      • robbersdog

        Mind you, the lad’s got good taste in women.

        • Rabid Dog


    • Billmag

      Ha ha I think he needs big Andy to do another job on his jaw. How the half lives.

    • toonterrier

      If they walk away he’ll never catch them.

  • Squintytoonarmy

    Drinkwater from Chelsea on a loan?

    • Paul Patterson

      That’s one hell of a shout. Probably the best we can get and probably why we won’t . .

      • Danimal

        We’ll get outbid by Cardiff, Fulham or Huddersfield.

        • Wezza

          Well we cant compete with those teams especially with the extra revenue in capacity from those great stadiums!

          Our stadium revenue isn’t peanuts like the trolls like to claim – it actually is a huge chunk.

          • Mike D

            Ticket sales alone will be worth more than our record signing.

          • Wezza

            Almost treble!

    • Tommy

      We have our loans.

      • Paul Patterson

        Can we not get one more from this league?

        • Tommy

          No 2 is the max, you have to get them from abroad.

          • Paul Patterson

            We’re stuffed then ..

          • Martin Rooney

            Could send Kennedy back

      • Carverlier football

        Think it might be two from the Prem, and Rondon is from the Championship. So we might have one left. Could be wrong…

        • Ram Kishore

          Only two loans at the same time from English football clubs.
          So no chance of any player from any other English club until Kennedy leaves or Rondon gets signed permanently now.

          • Carverlier football

            Unless they’re a permanent signing! Hahahahahahahaha…! Sorry, don’t know what came over me there…

          • Ram Kishore

            😂😂 edited. It’s all fine. I would have done the same thing.

  • Tommy

    If the bottom 3 clubs start buying some serious players we could be in for the drop

    • BigHairyDog

      They will and we’re in the brown stuff.

  • BigHairyDog

    Ashley’s mismanagement has got to rock bottom now, we have 2 or 3 players that can compete or would get better with better players around them. There is little point keeping Hayden but you can bet your house on if he’s sold, Rafa won’t see a penny of it. Kenedy needs to either go back to Chelsea or start playing like he wants to stay at the club. Rafa was spot on, we need a miracle!!!!

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    Injury list is pointing to a downwards drift – no class in midlfield means even less service to our dynamic attack

  • Wezza

    Good thing we have backup…

    Totally sick of this shadow of a club now.
    We get any more injuries – to rondon we are finished. Perez, will still be garbage but that’s ok cos he was top scorer last season.