Newcastle United were without the services of captain Jamaal Lascelles for Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Manchester United in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old has been in impressive form for the Magpies this season, and his absence was felt at the weekend following the heavy loss at Old Trafford.
There is no timescale on when Lascelles will return from an ankle problem, although a recent tweet from the defender suggested that he could also miss the Premier League clash against Watford on Saturday afternoon.
The centre-back took to Twitter on Monday to thank the Newcastle fans for naming him the club’s Player of the Month once again, and it was not a surprise when the supporters responded with questions on his fitness.
Indeed, many are desperate for Lascelles, who is valued at £4.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, to return to action as soon as possible, especially with Newcastle now losing their last three in the Premier League after a decent start to the 2017-18 campaign.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Appreciate you guys voting me for the player of the month award again 👍🏽 hopefully I will be back playing soon
— Jamaal Lascelles (@Lascelles16) November 20, 2017
Think the impact of a player is best recognised when he is not playing and you were sorely missed on Saturday. The award is well deserved as you have been our best player this season. Hope you back soon as we need your inspiration. #CaptainColossal
— Wasim (@wasimebrahim) November 20, 2017
Oh no will you be back soon 🙁 😱😭😭😭
— Karen Choake (@Choakie) November 20, 2017
Time scale? Really missed you at the weekend skipper
— TalkNUFC (@TalkNUFC1) November 20, 2017
Hope you're back soon … we've missed you Captain. ⚽️⚽️
— Christine Hearne (@christinesusanh) November 20, 2017
Love you captain👊🏻🖤
— Carla Devine (@CarlaDevine1) November 20, 2017
Certainly missed you on Saturday get back soon
— gunterkuntz (@wakes_shaun) November 20, 2017
Hurry up back
— Sam (@SamRobsonn) November 20, 2017
Congratulations. Well deserved. Hope your Mum is now convinced that we have taken you to our hearts and appreciate you, like I messaged her when you came to NUFC. Onwards and upwards.
— Gary Stacey (@GaryStacey4) November 20, 2017
Aye captain. Don’t be gone to long 👍🏻
— 🎅🏻☃️❄️ Adam ❄️☃️🎅🏻 (@adam83perry) November 20, 2017
Well deserved Jamaal, and fingers crossed, we need our leader back ⚫️⚪️
— Ryan (@RyMorris95) November 20, 2017
Well deserved mate, your a massive miss at the back and as our leader!
— Glenn Essex (@Glennaveli) November 20, 2017