BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton has criticised Newcastle supervisor Rafa Benitez for permitting Jamaal Lascelles to stay on the sector after struggling a hamstring damage on Tuesday night.
Lascelles got here on for the injured Ciaran Clark at half time in Newcastle’s FA Cup replay in opposition to Blackburn, however inside two minutes he appeared to sprain his hamstring.
The Newcastle captain tried to play via the ache and Benitez allowed him to stay on the pitch for an additional ten minutes earlier than it grew to become obvious that he could not stick with it, and was changed by Isaac Hayden.
Commentating for BT Sport (through HITC), Sutton could not consider that Benitez was permitting Lascelles to worsen his damage by ready to take him off.
“Ridiculous, Rafa. Absolute insanity to not take him off earlier. He is such an necessary participant. We discuss his significance within the backline for Newcastle,” stated Sutton.
“In the event you’re prioritising the Premier League and you’ve got an enormous sport on the weekend, why put him on? Why danger him?”
Having surrendered a 2-Zero first half lead, Newcastle went on to win the match 4-2 after further time, however it was a expensive night for Benitez, who’s already working with a threadbare squad.
Nonetheless, the Spaniard stated after the sport that he didn’t suppose both participant’s damage was severe, so hopefully they are going to be each be obtainable for Saturday’s must-win Premier League match in opposition to Cardiff.
“We’ve to evaluate them over the subsequent couple of days,” stated Benitez, quoted by the Newcastle Chronicle. “I don’t suppose it [Lascelles’ injury] could be very severe.
“Clark went off at half-time with a knock to the knee however we’ll see if he’s tremendous. I don’t suppose it is going to be severe.”
Newcastle will face Watford within the fourth spherical of the FA Cup following Tuesday’s victory.