Daryl Janmaat says Newcastle United simply MUST beat Norwich City – and he’s determined to be fit enough to play.
Janmaat was yesterday forced to withdraw from the Holland squad through injury.
We have to win against Norwich – that’s the only thing we have to doDaryl Janmaat
The defender will miss the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Czech Republic after complaining of stiffness in his knee.
Winless Newcastle – who say Janmaat’s withdrawal was “precautionary” – are confident Janmaat will be available for the October 18 game against Norwich at St James’s Park.
The club was left propping up the Premier League table after last weekend’s 6-1 defeat to Manchester City.
And Janmaat said: “We have to win against Norwich – that’s the only thing we have to do.”
United led at the Etihad Stadium through an Aleksandar Mitrovic goal, but City hit six goals – Sergio Aguero scored all but one of them – in a devastating 20-minute spell.
Janmaat, who has been one of Newcastle’s most effective players at both ends of the pitch so far this season, says the team must take confidence from their first-half performance against the Premier League leaders.
“We showed it in the first half – we were really good,” said the 26-year-old.
“But they scored five times in 10 minutes in the second half, and that can’t happen.”
Janmaat’s knee will be assessed by the club’s medical staff on Tyneside this week.
A club statement said: “After suffering stiffness in his knee, Janmaat will miss both fixtures and will return to Tyneside to be assessed by the club’s medical staff, with the Magpies hopeful he will be available to face Norwich City.”
United head coach Steve McClaren also hopes to have left-backs Massadio Haidara and Paul Dummett available for the match.
Dummett has been out since June with a hamstring problem, while Haidara has missed the last three matches with a knee injury.
Newly-promoted Norwich, meanwhile, are 13th in the table, having taken six more points than Newcastle from their first eight games.