Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has stunningly revealed that he had pain killing injections on a knee injury so he could turn out against Southampton on Saturday.
The 26-year-old maestro was a shock name among the starting XI for the clash at St James’ Park, with the injury expected to have kept him out of the match ahead of the three week break for the Magpies.
However, he returned and made an instant impact, with his lofted ball chested down and converted into a goal by winger Kenedy after just a minute to give their side the perfect start.
By the time he came off with eight minutes to play, Shelvey had grabbed a second assist, laying off Matt Ritchie for a sweetly struck goal from outside the box, and had dictated the tempo of the game.
However the Magpies’ star man reveals the cost of his display in terms of the injections, but said that the pain barrier would not stop him from turning out for the club, in a statement fans will rave over.
As quoted on the personal Twitter account of injury data analyst and journalist Ben Dinnery, he said: “I thought I played well.
“Probably shouldn’t have because of my knee, but it killed me last week to not play against Liverpool, so I had an injection to play.
“Always willing to play through the pain for this club.”
"I thought I played well. Probably shouldn't have because of my knee, but it killed me last week to not play against Liverpool, so I had an injection to play. Always willing to play through the pain for this club." #NUFC pic.twitter.com/DJn6qrJwMT
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) March 10, 2018
Football Insider verdict
There was something suspicious about the way Shelvey returned to the first team squad so quickly and the pain killing injections explains it. The dedication shown by the 26-year-old will have the Toon Army applauding and they will be glad he made such a brave decision, having picked up a valuable three points over the Saints. Now the three week break can be used to recover and hopefully next time he will not need the jabs to play football. Either way, if this is what he is like when not fully fit, imagine what he can do at his very best.
In other Newcastle United news, the Magpies’ players have been rated and slated in our ratings against Southampton.