Exclusive: Newcastle tipped to be without big name for rest of season

Noel Whelan believes that Newcastle United defender Danny Rose could refuse to play again this season after he blasted the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ plans.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker insists the 29-year-old would be a “hypocrite” if he were to feature after his expletive-laden rant.

Speaking during an Instagram live video, as quoted by talkSPORT, the left-back ripped into the suggestion that football should return to boost the public’s morale, insisting that it should only come back once the number of deaths drops significantly.

With the Government “opening the door” for professional football to resume in June, Whelan believes that Rose could well refuse to play for Newcastle on health and safety grounds.

Whelan told Football Insider: “I’m sure there’s going to be a few that will refuse to play and if he’s come out and said that, if he does go and play football, he’s a hypocrite to what he believes.

“He’s got to make his mind up. If he wants to be part of this football club up until the end of the season and playing, you’ve got to get on with it like other players are going to get on with it. Yes, it’s not the right environment completely but they’re trying to make it as safe as possible.

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“The importance of getting this Premier League season concluded goes for everyone to see, the way the Premier League are handling this and needing this to be finished because there would be so many lawsuits, it would be frightening.”

Speaking on Instagram, Rose said: “The government is saying bring football back because it’s going to boost the nation’s morale, I don’t give a f*** about the nation’s morale.

“Football shouldn’t even be spoken about coming back until the numbers have dropped massively. It’s b*******.”

In other Newcastle United news, new paperwork has been submitted in the Magpies’ takeover bid, Whelan insists it’s “huge” for the club.