By Danny Wright
Peter Beardsley has confirmed that Curtis Good suffered a groin strain in Newcastle United Under-23s’ 2-2 draw with Norwich on Monday.
Good, 24, was substituted off in the 72nd minute to be replaced by Josef Yarney, scuppering Beardsley’s plans to replace Jonjo Shelvey, who played the entire game as he stepped up from his comeback from suspension.
The Newcastle Under-23 manager heaped praise on Shelvey after the game, but admitted that it ruined his plans to ease him back into match fitness when Good suffered his injury blow.
“It was great for the young players to have 90 minutes with Jonjo Shelvey,” said Beardsley, as quoted by the Newcastle Chronicle.
“We were intending to take him off, but Curtis Good had a groin strain.
“Because of that we took no risks.”
Shelvey, 25, was available for selection in the 1-0 win at Swansea on Sunday but he was only selected for a spot on the bench after he failed to make his way back into the first-team following a red card on the opening day of the season.
The ex-Swansea midfielder was shown a straight red for a stamp on Dele Alli as Spurs went on to 2-0 in his absence.
Good has only ever made two first-team appearances for the Magpies since signing for them in 2012 from Melbourne Heart.
The Australian centre-back has been sent out on multiple loan spells during the last five years and his last match in the senior squad came in January when he played 90 minutes of the 3-0 FA Cup loss against Oxford United.
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