Despite an increasing injury list, Newcastle United has seen some encouraging results. In the recent several games, Callum Wilson, Dan Burn, and Jacob Murphy have all sustained knocks, adding to Newcastle’s long list of injured players.
The good news is that Emil Krafth, who was sidelined for 14 months due to a major injury, has returned to the team. Manager Janne Anderson of Sweden has already called him up.
In August of last year, during a Carabao Cup encounter against Tranmere, Krafth had been hit and needed to be helped off the field.
In the same competition, the 29-year-old made his comeback against Manchester United, when he played a great game at center back with more seasoned defender Paul Dummett.
If you hadn’t known any different, you could have assumed that the Swede was still recovering from his ACL injury and had been a regular member of the squad for the past 12 months.
Krafth can still play a huge role in Newcastle’s season
Given Newcastle’s busy schedule, Krafth might have a role to play in the upcoming weeks with starting defender Sven Botman still injured.
The £10 million acquisition could be used at right-back or center-back for the struggling Magpies, who are fighting on four fronts.
The defender will be eager to rejoin the international team and resume his pre-injury level of play after missing so much time.
“It’s great fun,” Anderson told Fotbollskanalen regarding Krafth’s return to the Swedish team. He suffered a cruciate ligament injury at the start of the season after being involved for the last time in June of the previous year.
“He had a lengthy rehabilitation process, but he is in tremendous shape now that he is back to full training, and he played a fantastic center-back role last week. He is useful as a right back and center back in this team.
Krafth’s previous form has gone under the radar
Due to the passage of time, many may have forgotten just how excellent Krafth was playing before to his injury.
Everyone anticipated it would be a major loss when Kieran Trippier hurt his foot against Aston Villa in the 2021–2022 season. Krafth, who had seemed like a lackluster potential under Steve Bruce, took over as his replacement.
Rather, the right-back handled everything with grace, as many players have done under Eddie Howe, and he turned in a strong final quarter of the season as Newcastle finished in the middle of the league.