Jonjo Shelvey’s future at Newcastle United is in doubt, according to The Daily Mail.
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The midfielder, who had previously formed a key part of Eddie Howe’s side, has started only once this season after suffering a hamstring injury over the course of the summer.
Despite playing a few minutes during the Carabao Cup win over Bournemouth in the domestic return from the World Cup, Shelvey has since suffered a calf injury and faces up to two months out of action.
Coming towards the end of his contract, the 30-year-old still needs to start two games to trigger a 12-month extension and now faces a race against time to get back into the team.
Will Newcastle replace Shelvey?
According to The Daily Telegraph, the club are ready to move for a new midfielder following Shelvey’s injury.
The report touts Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans – who has six months left on his contact at the King Power Stadium – and Brighton’s Moises Caicedo as targets.
Chelsea star Jorginho has also been linked, although the player’s agent has hinted at the offer of a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
Certainly, it seems as if strengthening in central midfield appears to be high up on Newcastle’s agenda. Earlier this season, Bruno Guimaraes spoke of his desire to play further up the field, so perhaps a new signing there could help unleash the Brazilian.
What has Howe said about Shelvey?
Speaking about Shelvey’s injury, Howe said (via The Chronicle): “It’s really tough for him. He worked incredibly hard to be fit for our pre-season and be ready for the rigours he faced and the fact the team were playing a certain way, he wanted to try and be part of that.
“When he picked up his hamstring injury, we were really disappointed for him. I saw him work so hard to get back from that hamstring injury and he came back slightly ahead of schedule because of the work he put in.
“Now he’s going to be out again, it’s a big blow for him and for us. Of course, we’ll support him through this part of the journey.”