Young Newcastle United forward Ivan Toney has been ruled out for the next three months with an ankle ligament injury, effectively meaning that his season is almost certainly over.

With such a small weak squad and injuries, Ivan Toney was recalled from his loan spell at Barnsley and has been on the first team bench in five of the last six matches.

The 19 year old managed a brief substitute appearance against Manchester United to add to his first Premier League experience off the bench in the home game with Chelsea.

Currently on crutches, Ivan Toney explained how the injury happened.

Ivan Toney speaking to the official club website:

“On Monday, we had a training match and I just went over on it, I went up for a header and landed badly.

“At that moment it felt very painful, then the pain started to go down but I had a scan and it will keep me out for up to 12 weeks.

“But I can only come back stronger and the hard work starts now.

“I’ve just got to start the road to recovery and hopefully the head coach will keep seeing what he was seeing in me and keeps putting me on.”

Good luck to Ivan Toney in his recovery but the fact we were relying on him as back-up for Aleksandar Mitrovic does sum up just how desperate Newcastle are to sign a new striker this month.

This morning Steve McClaren has been talking up the talents of Emmanuel Riviere, helping to make fans wonder whether there was any real serious intention to bring in a forward this month.

With Papiss Cisse also out until at least March and looking increasingly injury prone/unreliable, it must now be a knocking bet that we will see Adam Armstrong’s progress interrupted with a recall from his loan deal at Coventry.