By Russell Edge
Newcastle United star Jonjo Shelvey was taken to hospital after suffering a broken finger in training, according to a report.
The Sun claim on their website that the midfield maestro picked up a suspected fractured finger on the training ground on Thursday, and that he travelled to hospital to have X-rays conducted.
They report that the 25-year-old had a plaster cast put on the injury on Thursday evening, although state that it should not rule him out of contention for the Magpies’ clash against Southampton, which takes place a week on Sunday.
Shelvey has endured a difficult start to the season, having seen his opening day cut short thanks to a straight red card after an apparent stamp on Tottenham’s Dele Alli.
As a result he was suspended for three matches, but despite being eligible to return to the starting XI, he was unable to usurp midfield duo Isaac Hayden and Mikel Merino, who had performed admirably in the centre of the park in his absence.
However boss Rafael Benitez did reinstate the six-time-capped England international back into the first team line up for the 1-1 draw against both the Spanish manager’s and Shelvey’s former side Liverpool.
The midfielder made an instant impact, dissecting the Reds’ defence with a accurate pass for team mate Joselu to score the equaliser after Phillipe Coutinho’s long range strike had broken the deadlock.
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