A TWIST AND OUT

AN­KLE AGONY FOR JA­MAAL

Sunday Sun - - Football - Lee Ryder

NEW­CAS­TLE United skip­per Ja­maal Las­celles is now fac­ing more med­i­cal as­sess­ment af­ter suf­fer­ing a re­cur­rence of an an­kle in­jury be­fore yes­ter­day’s match against Arse­nal.

Las­celles was left out of the de­feat against Chelsea for the same rea­son but tried to bat­tle through the pain bar­rier in the open­ing 45 min­utes at St James’ Park.

When asked about Las­celles’ con­di­tion – af­ter the cen­tre-back was sub­sti­tuted at the break – Ben­itez said: “He twisted his an­kle in the warm-up.

“He was try­ing in the first half and we had to make the sub­sti­tu­tion, so in the end, it was one less op­tion for us to change things dur­ing the sec­ond half.”

Las­celles is now al­ready a doubt for the trip to Crys­tal Palace next week­end.

Ben­itez said: “The doc­tor said we need to check in a cou­ple of days and see how he is go­ing on.”

Ben­itez also got through the game with­out us­ing the ser­vices of Salomon Ron­don and Jonjo Shelvey.

Shelvey didn’t get a kick in front of watch­ing Eng­land boss Gareth South­gate.

Ben­itez ex­plained: “We had five de­ci­sions to make.

“There was Ritchie, who was fine; Jonjo, who was not fully fit; Kenedy who was not fully fit and Ron­don and Yedlin com­ing back late on Fri­day, so we didn’t want to take the risk with all of them.

“We played Yedlin, Joselu and Ay­oze who were do­ing well dur­ing the week, so we thought that could be fine, and in the mid­dle, fresh legs, Hay­den com­ing back with en­ergy, and Di­ame, we thought we could man­age.

“Then af­ter ob­vi­ously, the first sub­sti­tu­tion and the two changes that we wanted to do, maybe we could have done some­thing dif­fer­ent, but we didn’t have too many op­tions, to be fair.

“They [Arse­nal] were in con­trol of the game, so we needed to change too many things to get back into the game.”

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