Isaac Hayden has gone under the knife in a surprise development.

The midfielder played his part in the victory over Derby County but was then dropped to the bench against Wolves and Norwich.

Rafa Benitez said that Isaac Hayden had taken a knock on the ankle and so he was taking it easy with the midfielder, giving  it time to sort itself.

However, at his press conference for Aston Villa, the United boss said that this approach hadn’t worked and that it had needed an operation to get the former Arsenal player fully fit once again.

The Manager saying he envisaged that Hayden would be out for around a month.

Friday afternoon has then seen Isaac Hayden give his own update.

The 21 year old saying:

“Operation successful.

“Will work my hardest to make sure I’m back fit as soon as possible to help the team!

“Thanks for your support.”

Looking at the games, Newcastle have seven matches in the next four weeks and then a two week international gap.

So Wigan at home on Saturday 1 April looks a viable game for Isaac Hayden to target, which is the eighth last match of the season.

UPCOMING NEWCASTLE MATCHES

Monday 20 February – Newcastle v Aston Villa (8pm) – SKY SPORTS

A public sale now to all fans.

Saturday 25 February – Newcastle v Bristol City (3pm)

A public sale now to all fans.

Tuesday 28 February – Brighton v Newcastle (7.45pm) – SKY SPORTS

Tickets sold out.

Saturday 4 March – Huddersfield v Newcastle (5.30pm) – SKY SPORTS

Tickets sold out.

Tuesday 7 March – Reading v Newcastle (7.45pm)

Tickets on sale to all season ticket holders and members. Prices £20 adults, £13 for 65 and overs, £10 for 18 -24 years, £5 for Under 18s

Saturday 11 March – Newcastle v Fulham (3pm)

Ticket details to be confirmed (If Fulham beat Spurs in the FA Cup this game will be moved).

Saturday 18 March – Birmingham v Newcastle (3pm)

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Saturday 1 April – Newcastle v Wigan (3pm)

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Wednesday 5 April – Newcastle v Burton (7.45pm)

Ticket details to be confirmed.

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