PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Christian Atsu - Ghana winger back from injury, but Newcastle still on the slide

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Christian Atsu - Ghana winger back from injury, but Newcastle still on the slide
Newcastle United's Christian Atsu (left) speaks with Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Dec 11, 2017. 13:00

Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu made his comeback from injury this past weekend, but his Newcastle United side remain on the slide after suffering a 3-2 home loss to Leicester City.

Atsu picked up a thigh strain in United’s 1-0 loss at home to his former team Bournemouth in early November - and he then supposedly aggravated the injury while training for Ghana in the last international window.

This saw the 25-year-old ruled out of Newcastle’s matches against Manchester United, Watford, West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea (Atsu’s former parent team) before returning on Saturday evening in the loss to the Foxes.

Atsu was a second-half substitute in the home match against Leicester, replacing Matt Ritchie in the 64th minute. However, his presence couldn’t stop Newcastle slumping to a defeat, with Riyad Mahrez, Demarai Gray and an own goal from Ayoze Perez handing the visitors all three points at St James’ Park.

Rafa Benitez’s side have now failed to win any of their last seven Premier League matches (their last three-pointer came from a 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace on October 21) and they have slipped to 16th place - just two places and two points above the relegation zone.



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