Injured Vurnon Anita’s message to Newcastle fans

Vurnon Anita
Vurnon Anita

Steve McClaren is hopeful that Vurnon Anita is NOT facing a lengthy lay-off.

The midfielder was stretchered off in yesterday’s season-opener against Southampton at St James’s Park.

Anita fell awkwardly during the 2-2 draw, but he was able to walk out of the stadium after the match.

The club’s medical staff were today assessing the 26-year-old, who is looking to revive his Newcastle career under McClaren.

McClaren said: “He’s walking around. We’ll assess him.”

After the game, Anita said on Twitter: “Wanna thank all the fans who came today to St James!

“Good team effort but unlucky with the result!”

Anita has been used by McClaren as a holding midfielder alongside Jack Colback in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

The Holland international struggled to hold down a regular place in his first three seasons at Newcastle.

But he hopes to revive his career under McClaren.

“I just want to fight for my position,” he said.

Defender Paul Dummett will return to training this week.

The 23-year-old missed the club’s pre-season campaign with a hamstring problem.

Meanwhile, former United defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is set to move again.

Yanga-Mbiwa controversially left Newcastle for Roma, initially on loan, last season.

But Olympique Lyonnais are in talks over a move for the 26-year-old France international.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said: “The discussions with AS Roma are well advanced.”