Grant Hanley’s recent withdrawal from the Scotland squad has left Newcastle United facing a potential injury crisis, which could damage their chances of promotion from the Sky Bet Championship.
The defender was ruled out of Scotland’s upcoming games against Canada and Slovenia due to an ankle injury, adding to the problems Rafa Benitez is already facing with Ciaran Clark’s knee injury.
Hanley had replaced Clark in the Newcastle defence for the recent draw with Birmingham City, but could now be facing a spell out injured alongside the Republic of Ireland international.
The Chronicle also revealed that left-back Paul Dummett has been playing through an injury, further adding to Benitez’s problems.
Striker Daryl Murphy is also struggling with a calf strain, but has gone on International duty with the Republic of Ireland, with Martin O’Neill not ruling him out of their clashes with Wales and Iceland.
Benitez’s side are challenging for a Premier League return and currently sit one-point clear of Brighton and Hove Albion at the top of the Championship table, with just eight fixtures of the season remaining.
With Newcastle facing an injury crisis at a key part of the season, here is how their fans are reacting on Twitter…
Hate international break during the season cause of players getting injured, looks like Darling Murphy may have an injury now.
— All NUFC Fans (@All_NUFC_Fans) March 20, 2017
— NUFC Update (@NUFC_Update) March 20, 2017
With Clark and Hanley both injured, it looks like Mbemba may get his chance after all. #nufc
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) March 20, 2017
Ankle Injury for Hanley confirmed.
— Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) March 20, 2017
With Rafa's astute dealings in the summer transfer window, I'm not concerned to see Clark and Hanley out. No crisis. We have a squad. #nufc
— Andrew McVittie (@Andrew_McVittie) March 20, 2017
This international break is very very welcome due to the injuries that seem to be piling up #nufc
— Lee Johnson RAFA! (@Lee5_1Johnson) March 20, 2017
No more injuries on international duty please god ????
— ⚽Swampy⚽NUFC⬛⬜⬛⬜⬛ (@Swampmonster9) March 20, 2017
No one fighting for the top 2 spots has had our bad luck with injuries. We'd be more than 6/7 clear if we had Gayle etc fit all season https://t.co/BA58abGUUh
— Joe Devine (@Joe_Nufc1892) March 20, 2017