Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has dropped an update on the current injury situation surrounding Toon defender Jamaal Lascelles, ahead of the club’s Premier League clash against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Speaking in his latest press conference ahead of Newcastle’s away clash against the Seagulls, Howe had this to say on the matter.
“Jamaal is OK. He missed the early part of training this week but came back towards the end so we anticipate that he’ll be fit.”
The defender picked up a thigh injury during the warm-up ahead of last weekend’s 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest, which saw the Magpies secure their first win and clean sheet of the season.
Now that Howe has revealed that the centre-back was involved during the team’s training sessions at the back end of this week, this will surely be a big relief to everyone connected with the club.
Last season saw only three other outfield players rack up more minutes in the league than him, highlighting how important he is for the team.
Now that Howe has revealed that he is anticipating Lascelles to be fit for today’s showdown, this will definitely be a big boost for Newcastle to have him as a potential option to pick again, especially if they end up suffering anymore late injuries before the game.
Taking into account how only Tottenham Hotspur (5), Fulham (4) and Manchester City (4) racked up more goal-creating actions from their opening games of the season than Brighton (3), who beat Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford, having a defensive player like Lascelles available would surely increase the Toon’s chances of securing a positive victory.
Even though the centre-back pairing of Fabian Schar and Dan Burn managed to keep a clean sheet during last week’s win over Forest, the 28-year-old certainly has the defensive credentials to take a place in the team on this occasion.
However, without having a full week’s worth of training in him, it may not be worth risking his fitness by putting him in from the start.