By Ben Dinnery

4th Aug, 2022 | 10:49am

Medical insider: Jonjo Shelvey may have rare 'hamstring syndrome' amid Newcastle United latest

Newcastle United star Jonjo Shelvey may be suffering from “hamstring syndrome”.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.

Shelvey, 30, was forced off with an apparent hamstring injury in Newcastle’s 3-2 pre-season defeat to Benfica last Tuesday (26 July).

As quoted by Chronicle Live last Sunday (30 July), Eddie Howe revealed that “there might be some nerve damage.”

The midfielder had several periods of absence for calf-related problems in 2021-22.

And Dinnery suggests that he could be suffering from an uncommon hamstring condition this time around.

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“It is a little bit vague on the precise nature of the injury,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“It is not something we hear about a lot. There is something around hamstring syndrome, which is caused by overuse. That would tie in with the pre-season programme.

“Eddie Howe says he has been working really hard to get himself fit. We know he had calf problems throughout last season.

“He is one of the players who has been one of the first names on the team sheet and has played really well since Eddie Howe arrived, so it’s unfortunate.

“If he’s overworked, it may just be pinching on that sciatic nerve. I understand that he will go for further testing.

“There hasn’t been a diagnosis, only suggestions at this stage. But if that is the problem, rest will help to alleviate some of the symptoms of that.

“That can add some time to his return-to-play timeline. If it was a straightforward hamstring injury, we could be talking about a return in August.

“But if there is some nerve damage then, depending on the extent of that, we’re looking probably looking at a September return.”

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