Rafael Benitez didn’t want to reveal the full extent of Mikel Merino’s injury when speaking about the young Spaniard recently, but a Spanish newspaper has done it for him.
Toon Army manager Rafael Benitez refrained from revealing the severity of Mikel Merino’s back injury, but reports have emerged from the Spanish media, giving Newcastle fans more information.
As reported by Sport Witness, Spanish outlet, Diario AS, claim Merino is due to be unavailable at Newcastle for ‘between six and eight weeks’ due to his back injury. AS go into further detail, stating that his problems lie with the vertebra.
The interest for a Spanish newspaper reporting on a story like this is due to Merino having to pull out of Spain’s Under-21 squad because of his injury.
Mikel Merino is better than Fabregas. I don't need 280 Characters to tell you that. 👊⚫⚪🙌— Sarah (@ii_Loveyou_x) November 7, 2017
In order to do so, a valid reason must be provided, and medical details are widely shared in Spain, with media outlets even employ medical professionals in order to give independent reviews.
Benitez will hate to lose Merino for such a long period of time and will hope that the Spanish media aren’t overplaying the severity of the injury.
It is testament to the quality of the 21-year-old Spaniard how his loss has affected the Newcastle side, after such impressive displays since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
Most tackles per 90 minutes this Premier League season:— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) October 30, 2017
1. Wilfred Ndidi (20): 4.2
2. Mikel Merino (21): 3.9
5. Bakayoko (23): 3.7
RE: Merino - not only is he a composed passer + curator, but he can defend too. Definition of DLP. 👊 pic.twitter.com/x5rJ5lhURy
Arriving on an initial loan deal, Newcastle quickly realised the kind of player they’d acquired and made his move a permanent one in October.