Newcastle United’s Jonjo Shelvey will reportedly miss the start of the new Premier League season.
That’s according to the Daily Mail’s Craig Hope, who has provided an update on the midfielder’s fitness heading into the new season.
Shelvey came off the bench at half time during the week against Benfica, but didn’t last the full 45 minutes. He was replaced by Matty Longstaff with quarter of an hour to go.
There were fears that the 30-year-old would miss the start of the season, and now we know that is the case.
Update on Jonjo Shelvey fitness
Hope has written on Twitter that Shelvey will be out of action for between three to four weeks with a hamstring problem. That rules him out of Newcastle’s first few games of the new season.
Sky Sports’ Keith Downie has also commented on the injury, but believes it will only keep him out for a fortnight.
He definitely won’t feature against Nottingham Forest, which is our first game on August 6th. Given the timeframe reported by Hope, we will be lucky to see Shelvey in action before the end of the month.
Wolves on the 28th and Liverpool on the 31st might be possible depending on how his recovery goes.
Regardless, it’s a real blow. Shelvey is an important player for us, and he looked in incredible shape during pre-season. He was excellent during his cameo against Benfica on Tuesday night, which makes his injury even tougher to take.
It’s a shame for Shelvey, but it opens up an opportunity for someone else.
Bruno Guimaraes is nailed on to start for the Magpies, while Joelinton also feels very likely. However, he does need to be more disciplined after his red card the other night.
Then it’s a toss up between Joe Willock and Sean Longstaff. Or there’s the wildcard option of Elliot Anderson.
While it is disappointing, Howe at least has plenty of options. Willock is probably the most likely to start in Shelvey’s place, but it might depend on who performs the best in this weekend’s friendlies.
As for Shelvey, hopefully he returns soon and comes back with the form he showed in pre-season.