Newcastle United fans here in the Tavern are hoping to pull off another major upset against Liverpool on Saturday, after beating Manchester United not so long ago.
The Magpies will be looking to improve on the weekend’s disappointing 2-2 draw against Bournemouth, as the two dropped points could prove costly with a trip to Anfield next for Rafa Benitez’s men. However, they’ve already suffered a setback before the match with Liverpool has even taken place, as Benitez faces an uphill task back at his old stomping ground. Indeed, according to reports in the Shields Gazette, Jonjo Shelvey is a doubt for the Liverpool clash as he waits for a knee scan.
Newcastle United have been on the receiving end of an injury-hit season and it looks like getting worse, as Jonjo Shelvey is the latest casualty at a vulnerable St James’ Park. The 26-year-old picked up a knee injury in Saturday’s draw on the south coast, to add further insult to injury in what was already a disastrous day at the Vitality Stadium.
This comes after the news that Dwight Gayle will be assessed over a hamstring problem ahead of the trip to Anfield.
Shelvey will undergo a scan this week but is a doubt for the trip to face his former club Liverpool on Saturday, and this may not be the only game spent without the midfielder as it could be weeks before he returns. Indeed, after catching wind of the news, many of our local northerners are fearing the worst for the remainder of the Magpies’ season.
Newcastle United will struggle to bring any sort of result away from Anfield without Jonjo Shelvey in their ranks, after seeing how pivotal the Englishman’s performances have been in weeks gone by. And, with it yet to be revealed as to how long he’ll remain on the sidelines for, this could be the season-defining news that condemns the Magpies to relegation.
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