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Two Newcastle United players now set for operations after season ends

5 months ago
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A lot of talking points after Wednesday night’s match, as the Newcastle United players eventually took all three points in a match where the action on the pitch was put into the shade by the return of (some) fans to the stands.

The 10,000 Newcastle fans in attendance seeing a header from Joe Willock (who else??) win the match just before half-time.

The second half was a tedious affair and actually the biggest talking point was the number of Newcastle United players who went down injured.

Joelinton replaced halfway through, Allan Saint-Maximin forced off on 71 minutes, whilst with five minutes to go both Martin Dubravka and Joe Willock were clearly in discomfort. Steve Bruce electing to substitute the Arsenal loan midfielder and leave our number one keeper to struggle through the final stages.

After the match, Steve Bruce gave an update on the four.

“Joelinton looks as if it’s a knock.

Saint-Maximin, we don’t know whether it’s a calf. (Then when asked if ASM’s injury was serious) We hope not, it looked a bit innocuous.”

“The goalkeeper [Martin Dubravka] got a bit of a hamstring.

“Joe Willock was just fatigued.”

Always difficult to put too much trust in instant after the match feedback on injuries but hopefully it sounds like none of them are serious. You just hope that Dubravka in particular isn’t any kind of a medium to longer-term issue, as it is only three weeks on Monday when Slovakia kick off their first Euro 2020 group game against Poland in St Petersburg – this tournament quite probably the last one the 32 year old Newcastle number one could potentially be involved in.

What I do assume for sure now though, is that last night’s injuries / knocks will guarantee at least a few changes when Newcastle travel to Fulham on Sunday.

You would assume any changes on Sunday will likely come from Newcastle United players on the bench last night but now a new report sheds doubt on a couple of them.

The Irish Examiner have been discussing the likely squad at the disposal of Stephen Kenny early next month, when the Republic of Ireland have games against Andorra on 3 June and Hungary on 8 June.

These games are seen as important for the Republic in terms of preparation for their next World Cup qualifiers in September. However, the Irish newspaper says that Stephen Kenny could be missing a host of players for this get together and two friendlies .

The report says that Ciaran Clark and Jeff Hendrick have both been carrying long-term injury problems and ‘require some sort of procedure’ this summer, the only question appearing to be whether what sounds like low key surgery for the pair will happen immediately after the season ends, or whether Newcastle United will allow the Irish pair to take part in this international get together first.

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