Newcastle players Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett were forced off early in the game against Spurs on Sunday.
Dummett left the pitch after only seven minutes with a hamstring problem, whilst Florian Lejeune, who had looked impressive in pre-season, was forced off after half an hour when a poor Harry Kane challenge was punished by a yellow when it could possibly have been a red.
The club have updated on the injuries with an official announcement on Tuesday morning.
It is good news all round as NUFC state that ‘both players are expected to be out for weeks, rather than months’.
It was the last Rafa Benitez needed on Sunday after his very limited success in the transfer market, to lose two of his back four.
Only for Jonjo Shelvey to add to those problems when stupidly sent off three minutes after the break.
The United boss was already trying to bring in another left-back, so not very helpful to lose the only one he currently has.
As for Florian Lejeune, he had played more pre-season minutes than any other Newcastle player and had struck up a promising partnership with Ciaran Clark.
With an international break after West Ham at home in only 11 days time, hopefully the two players will be back available in four weeks time when NUFC visit Swansea.
Newcastle United official announcement:
‘Newcastle United have confirmed that defenders Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett will be out of action for a number of weeks.
Both players were forced off with injuries during the first half of Sunday’s Premier League defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at St. James’ Park.
Dummett limped off with a hamstring injury after just seven minutes, before Lejeune – making his Magpies debut – sustained ankle ligament damage during a tackle by Harry Kane.
Assessments by the club’s medical staff are continuing in order to establish the full extent of their injuries but both players are expected to be out for weeks, rather than months.’