In the end, Newcastle United were able to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup following their entertaining 4-2 third-round replay away at Blackburn Rovers yesterday.
Victory for the Magpies, however, did not come without consequences with Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles both picking up injuries to add to Rafael Benitez’s woes.
Benitez was already without the likes of Kenedy, Jonjo Shelvey and Mohamed Diame for the game, leaving the Spaniard in a delicate situation which could be about to get much worse.
Benitez, however, does not believe Clarke’s injury is too serious, though he remains unsure over the extent of Lascelles’ hamstring problem.
“When it is a hamstring you never know,” the Newcastle boss was quoted saying by Press Association Sport (via BT Sport). “With Shelvey and Dummett we have to wait, and Diame. We have to assess the three of them maybe on Wednesday or Thursday,” he added after explaining a bizarre nail injury Kenedy had picked up.
Ultimately, with all the injuries that are plaguing Newcastle, it really should kick Mike Ashley into making some signings this month.
The Tyneside club were already in desperate need of some reinforcements before the Blackburn game and, simply put, now need them more than ever.
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