Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey could miss out on Saturday’s game against Bournemouth, according to the Chronicle.
The newspaper claims that the England international is considered touch-and-go after being substituted off with an injury in the 1-0 win over Watford last time out.
The former Swansea City man has since been assessed by the club’s medics and has undergone a scan to assess the severity of the setback.
However, no verdict has yet been reached leading to fears that he could miss the Cherries clash. Manager Rafael Benitez will take the entire week before making a decision on the 26-year-old.
It would be a massive blow for Newcastle to lose Shelvey against Bournemouth. The Englishman is arguably the club’s most important player and is the heartbeat of the Magpies midfield. To lose him for a game against a Bournemouth side who have started the season in sensational form would be devastating for Benitez. Having just secured their first win against the Hornets, the Spaniard will be looking to build on that success against Eddie Howe’s side, but to do so without Shelvey would be extremely difficult. Having said that, the former Liverpool man’s potential absence is eased by the impact that substitute Ki Sung-yueng made off the bench against Watford. The South Korean was terrific and was directly involved in Ayoze Perez’s winner. If Shelvey fails to make it against the Cherries then Ki will almost definitely get the call alongside Mohamed Diame in midfield. However, the optimal scenario for Benitez would, of course, be to have his midfield talisman fit and raring to go on Saturday.