Newcastle loan player Alex Gilliead is set to miss the rest of the season.

The player has been recalled by Newcastle so their medical people can evaluate the winger’s condition after he was forced off in Bradford’s 2-0 win at Coventry.

Bradford are safely in the play-offs and only four points off the automatic promotion places for a hopeful return to the Championship.

Recent weeks had seen Alex Gilliead establishing himself in the first team and he’d started their last three matches, making the timing of the injury especially cruel.

His loan club Manager, Stuart McCall, says that his understanding is that the Newcastle player could be missing for up to eight weeks, which would effectively end his season.

Newcastle United have sent Gilliead for a scan and the results of that will tell them a lot more.

This season has seen a massive improvement at Newcastle United in terms of days lost to injury.

Rafa Benitez’ refusal to risk players until they are properly ready to return, has undoubtedly helped with this, unlike the ridiculous risks Alan Pardew used to take with players in the hope of short-term benefits.

Stuart McCall:

“It’s a huge blow to find out his tear had been a little bit bigger than we’d anticipated.

“Alex Gilliead had been in and around the team, pushing for a regular start, but he has got to be positive with his outlook.

“I don’t know if he’s a quick healer or not but say it’s four weeks, then we’re hopeful.

“The results of the scan will give us a more in-depth view but we’re confident he will still have a part to play.

“It’s a high grade tear, which can be anything from four to eight weeks but the doc at Newcastle wanted to have a scan and will then decide on that.

“As far as I understand, he’ll be back with us for his treatment and we’ll see how it goes.”

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