Newcastle United skipper Jamaal Lascelles has said he won’t rule playing against Sheffield United or Fulham – if he was needed.
The central defender is currently sidelined again – this time with a stress fracture to his foot.
The star has been told he could well miss the rest of the season with the issue, and is currently waering a protective boot.
The player has admitted he was devastated by his latest setback, but believes the team should have enough to pull away from danger.
But should that end up not being the case, the former Nottingham Forest man has no qualms about donning the black and white shirt.
He said on talkSPORT, via the Chronicle: “The rule for these types of injuries is four weeks in a boot and four weeks until you are back on grass.
“But because of the position we are in I said to the medical staff: ‘I’m not ruling out Sheff United or Fulham’ – if needed obviously.
“Hopefully we are in a position where we are safe and I’m not needed but I want to do everything I can to make sure I can have that option and be available for that if needed.”
Lascelles comments well intentioned
It’s admirable for Lascelles to say that he would make himself available for crunch games at the end of the season, despite him likely not being fully fit at that point.
It shows that he has a strong mentality and that he wants to prevent the worst-case scenario for the club.
But there is potential him playing would be a silly move.
Lascelles playing but being off the pace would probably be to the detriment of the team.
Really, he should only play if he completely shook the stress fracture and had done some training.