Newcastle defender Grant Hanley has recently been added to the club’s long injury list after he pulled out of the Scottish national team setup to play this Wednesday.
As reported by the Shields Gazette, the 25-year-old defender had recently been forced to pull out of the Scottish national team, as it is international week for football. Scotland are set to take on Canada in a friendly this Wednesday and then host a World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.
Injuries have been a big concern for the club as of late; Ciaran Clark, DeAndre Yedlin, and Jamie Sterry are injury victims and now Hanley is the fourth to make matters worse for the starting XI.
Clark is currently being assessed by the club’s medical team after the knee injury he picked up against Fulham earlier in March. However, Yedlin is suspected of making his return early next month.
Hanley, who was a replacement for teammate Ciaran Clark in Saturday’s match against Birmingham City, has now added further injury woes for the Magpies and also misses the chance to play in two vital games for Scotland.
However, the Newcastle defender impressed Benitez with his strong performance in the Championship on the weekend at St Andrews.
“He is someone who really talks in defence. It was not easy for him, because their striker is really strong, but he did well,” Benitez stated.
It is a setback for the manager of Newcastle and the Scottish national side. The Toon Army, who are leading the Championship with 78 points, will relish the international break this week and resume the season against Wigan Athletic at St James’ Park on April 1.
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