Newcastle United suffer injury blow in Benfica loss with Premier League season just days away
Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey limped out of the pre-season friendly.
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The veteran midfielder has been one of the shining lights of pre-season so far, but was forced off mid way through the second half of the Estadio da Luz loss.
Miguel Almiron netted twice for United, while Goncalo Ramos, Alex Grimaldo and Araujo sealed victory for the home side.
But after Howe made 11 changes at the break, he was forced into another as Shelvey pulled up. Matty Longstaff replaced the former Liverpool, Swansea City and Charlton man.
United kick off their Premier League season in just a week and a half, with Nottingham Forest due at St James’ Park on the opening day.
And it remains to be seen whether Shelvey will be fit for the encounter.