Nightmare for Achraf Lazaar as Steve Bruce gives update on injury
The highs and lows of football summed up for Achraf Lazaar in only a few days.
The Newcastle full-back having had a nightmare time under Rafa Benitez since arriving in August 2016, the manager never giving him a league start in the entire two and a half years.
A disastrous loan year at Italian minnows Benevento last season, when they even left him out of their official squad for the second half of the season.
Training and playing with the Newcastle Under 23s this season, a loan to Sheffield Wednesday at last giving potentially a chance to the Moroccan international.
After starring in a 2-0 reserve win over local rivals Sheff Utd, Achraf Lazaar got his chance at last on Saturday.
Making his first league appearance in England against Swansea, Lazaar was man of the match and got rave reviews from both media and Sheff Wed fans.
Midweek he keeps his place but after just over half an hour the left sided player is forced off with what looked a bad hamstring injury.
Thursday morning has seen Steve Bruce give an update on the injury.
He says he expects it to be a minimum of six weeks out but could be longer after Achraf Lazaar gets a scan this afternoon.
Sheffield Wednesday are due to play their final league game of the season on 5 May and even if six weeks was the lay-off time, he would still be struggling to play many/any games with the Owls only having four matches after 13 April.
The odds surely are that Lazaar will miss the rest of the season and he is all but back to square one.
Would have been a positive for both player and NUFC if he’d got a permanent move this coming summer but the 27 year old with two years still left on his contract, will surely have to go out on loan again next season before anybody takes a chance on a permanent move.
Steve Bruce speaking to the Sheffield Star:
“We actually won’t know the severity of it [Achraf Lazaar injury] until this afternoon when he will have a scan.
“You have to wait 48 hours until you can re-assess it really so we’ll have to wait until this afternoon to know but you have to stay the early stages don’t look good for the boy to be perfectly honest.
“Fingers crossed that it’s not as bad as we fear.
“We have had ten injuries the other night and now with Lazaar all of a sudden it is ridiculous numbers.
“So it’s something which I have to address but in terms of the style of play that we want to try and implement, I think the players have enjoyed what they are doing.
“Of course when you get a couple of results, everybody enjoys it so long may it continue.
“The lad [Achraf Lazaar] was beaming because he played and he played well on his debut but I’m kicking myself a little bit.
“Weeks [Lazaar will be out], but at least six I would have thought.
“It is something that I have to be wary of because different training methods is a bit different to what they are used to so I’m going to have to box a little bit clever if I can.
“It’s something that I have to address the amount of injuries that the club has picked up and where we have been with long term injuries.”
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