Newcastle United centre-back Fabian Schär’s potential hamstring injury suffered at the weekend did not seem to be a “big pull”.
That is according to injury expert Ben Dinnery, who was speaking on Monday evening’s FPL Injuries update following the latest round of Premier League fixtures.
Schär was substituted in the 82nd minute of the Magpies’ stunning victory over Aston Villa, with the defender indicating a problem with his hamstring.
The 112-time Newcastle centre-back has played in all but one of Eddie Howe’s side’s Premier League fixtures so far this season according to Transfermarkt, suggesting that he is a guaranteed starter when fit.
And Dinnery is hopeful that Schär’s substitution was just a precautionary measure rather than signalling a long lay-off for the Swiss international.
He said: “The performance was slightly marred by the loss of Fabian Schär to a hamstring problem. Now, that needs to be assessed fully to determine the extent of that issue.
“It didn’t appear to be a big pull, but hopefully, just a precautionary measure.”
TIF Thoughts on Dinnery’s comments…
We think that Newcastle fans will be hopeful that Schär will be available for Sunday’s trip to Southampton, with the centre-back being part of a Magpies defence that currently has the best defensive record in the Premier League.
The 72-cap Switzerland international will also be hoping that the hamstring injury isn’t so serious that his place in his national team’s squad is under jeopardy heading into the World Cup, with the centre-back highly likely to be named in Murat Yakin’s squad for the tournament if fit.
Therefore, we think that player and club will be praying that Schär’s injury is just a minor one and that he will be able to shake it off this week – and Dinnery’s latest update certainly seems to be a good sign.