Newcastle United's Christian Atsu
Monday Nov 20, 2017. 13:00
With Christian Atsu currently on Newcastle United’s injury list, manager Rafael Benitez has refused to blame Ghana for the player’s unavailability.
The 25-year-old Black Stars winger missed the Magpies’ 4-1 defeat away to Manchester United this past weekend with a thigh injury.
The player first sustained the injury while playing for Newcastle against his former side Bournemouth ahead of the recent international break.
He then flew out to join the Ghana squad ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Egypt, but was ruled out of the game due to the knock.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has since explained that Ghana were not to blame for the player’s injury.
"He had a kick during the game against Bournemouth, and after when he shot he was feeling it a little bit,” the Spanish tactician explained ahead of the game against Man United.
“He put some ice on it and said he was fine. Then he went away with the national team. He had a training session and they [Ghana] sent him back.
"It's not the case that they were using him and then something happened. He had a little problem and then he went there, couldn't play and he came back. It's not that it's their fault. It's just something that happened."
Benitez and Newcastle will hope Atsu returns to fitness and availability ahead of their match at home to Watford in the Premier League this coming Saturday.