Newcastle United supporters in the Transfer Tavern are relishing their team’s mammoth Premier League encounter with fellow strugglers Southampton at St James’ Park on Saturday, as the North East giants seek the three points which would move them further away from danger.
Rafa Benitez’s men go into this weekend’s meeting with the South Coast outfit off the back of a 2-0 loss to in-form Liverpool in their most recent league outing, a result which brought to an end a decent four-match unbeaten run. Yet the Magpies will be hoping to record back-to-back home league victories for the first time since September when they entertain Mauricio Pellegrino’s Saints this weekend, having beaten Manchester United 1-0 in their last match in the North East.
Thus, there are many positive Newcastle fans in the Tavern ahead of the weekend, and they are likely to be interested by a recent report from The Shields Gazette, which details that youngster Callum Roberts suffered a twisted ankle for the Under-23s earlier this week.
The 20-year-old joined the Magpies back when he was eight years of age and has since made his way up through the youth ranks at St James’ Park, to the point that he is now a regular for the club’s development squad.
And the winger more than played his part in their Premier League International Cup success at Sunderland on Wednesday night, having bagged a late equaliser to force extra-time and then penalties, which the Magpies won 11-10 to book their place in the semi-finals.
However, victory did come at a cost, as reports suggest that Roberts left the ground on crutches after having twisted his ankle midway through extra-time, in bad news which is unlikely to please our resident Newcastle supporters ahead of the Under-23s’ clash with Porto, the 2016/17 winners, in the semi-finals.
Landlord’s verdict: Callum Roberts is one of just two Newcastle Under-23 players who have been handed new contracts to remain at the club beyond the end of the season, which itself is indicative of the huge influence he has on the development team.
So news that he reportedly suffered a twisted ankle and thus left the ground on crutches on Wednesday night is unlikely to please our resident Magpies fans, this all after the 20-year-old helped the North East giants edge Sunderland on penalties to reach the Premier League International Cup semi-finals.
And with several injuries to first team players as well, namely Islam Slimani and Jonjo Shelvey, this is sure to come as further bad news to the top-flight club.
Newcastle fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!