Eddie Howe explains possible Newcastle United transfer rethink after injury blow

Jonjo Shelvey’s injury could force Newcastle United into a January transfer rethink, according to Eddie Howe.
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The midfielder's facing up to two months on the sidelines after suffering a calf injury, and Howe was asked ahead of tomorrow's home game against Leeds United whether the loss of Shelvey would force the club’s hand in the transfer market.

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“That’s something we’re reflecting (on) and analysing on a daily basis,” said United’s head coach.

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“We’ll have a look at it, have a look at our squad. It’s a forever changing thing, day by day. So yeah, I don’t think it’s forced any immediate reaction to say ‘we must do this’. No definite decision has been made, but I think we’ll reflect (on it).”

Shelvey, out of contract next summer, had worked through the summer on his fitness. Howe said: “I think he’s disappointed. Jonjo’s a passionate guy. He lives for football, he lives for that feeling of playing and showing his skills on a weekly basis.

"So that’s a big driver in his life, and when he’s not able to do that physically, it's a big thing taken away from him. I think, initially, huge disappointment from him. We’re currently supporting him.

"I saw him yesterday, and had a good chat with him. He’s a lot more positive now about the future, really focusing on the future.

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe.Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe.
Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe.
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"Although the time period is lengthy, it’s not a long-term injury. He can very quickly get into his rehab, start running again quite quickly. There’s a lot to be positive about.”

The 30-year-old said: “I’ve got three games to get another year, and hopefully I should do that this season. I mean, I’d be a bit worried if I didn’t!

"At the end of the day you’re always playing for a new contract, and I’m not thick, I’m not getting younger. I’m 30 years of age.

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"I’ve been six-and-a-half years now, we know what the craic is around the city – and what you can and can’t do.

"It’s a really good place to be at the minute, the city is buzzing. My missus and kids love it up here.”

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