Newcastle United currently have a number of players who are carrying some minor injury knocks amid their pre-season efforts.
This is according to the reliable Toon correspondent Liam Kennedy who has been speaking on the NUFC Matters YouTube channel following their latest friendly against Mainz.
Eddie Howe’s men suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to the Bundesliga side on Monday afternoon which saw Fabian Schar taken off after picking up an injury concern.
However, the Newcastle boss has suggested that the Swiss defender has not sustained a serious injury:
“I think he’s OK,” Howe told reporters at the Kufstein Arena. “When he came off the pitch he said it felt more like a cramp feeling rather than a pull. Fingers crossed he’s alright,” Howe said.
But Kennedy did pick up the behind-the-scenes issues the Toon are dealing with knocks and were not involved in the clash in Austria against Mainz:
(10:30) “There’s a few carrying knocks, there’s a few behind the scenes who maybe weren’t involved today [Monday] who’ve had issues. Jamal Lewis is one of the ones this summer that was probably coming in with an opportunity to really stake a claim in the squad and had to sort of train do a lot of training alone.”
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Jamal Lewis is one of the players which Kennedy hinted towards carrying an injury issue which will be a big frustration for those at Newcastle.
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The right-back has had a torrid time through injuries since joining the Magpies and in a summer where he will have hoped to be injury free to stake a claim for a spot in the XI, that does not seem to be the case.
Kennedy suggests these injuries are not severe to the extent where Newcastle could be without them for a lengthy spell, however, it is far from ideal when Howe will be hoping to assess his options amid the summer window.