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Jeff Hendrick dropped from Newcastle United squad but Kenny comes to his defence

4 weeks ago
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Jeff Hendrick hasn’t started a Premier League game for Newcastle United in the last eight months.

Despite signing the midfielder, Steve Bruce refusing to give the midfielder a single start since the goalless draw at West Brom in early March 2021.

Bruce’s belated sacking hasn’t exactly improved the situation for Jeff Hendrick, as with a number of players back from injury, interim manager Graeme Jones didn’t even name Hendrick in his entire 20 man matchday squad for the Chelsea game.

However, Ireland boss Stephen Kenny has come to the defence of Jeff Hendrick.

Kenny making clear that he will be picking the Newcastle midfielder in his squad for the November internationals against Portugal and Luxembourg.

Jeff Hendrick actually having started four games for the Republic of Ireland since he last started a Premier League game for Newcastle.

Stephen Kenny speaking to the Irish Examiner about Jeff Hendrick:

“Jeff has played really well in our last four Ireland games, but him not getting an opportunity at Newcastle is probably based on his form carrying over.

“He did lose his form when he went to Newcastle initially last season, but that was addressed.

“The new caretaker manager [Graeme Jones] went with a midfield two in their system, which is 5-4-1 or a 5-2-3, with Jeff left out, which is just unfortunate for him, a difficult one.

“He is one of the few players who has the capacity to keep going for 90 minutes.

“Endurance is not an issue for him, even when he hasn’t been playing.

“Jeff is so focused on his fitness.

“He has a stringent training regime and is conscious of his diet. That helped him in the last camp comfortably complete the two 90 minutes — a real credit to him.”

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