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Joe Willock – Tuesday update on injury situation

1 week ago
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After half an hour on Saturday, Joe Willock was forced off the pitch in some pain, after on-pitch treatment to a hip injury.

Despite that, Steve Bruce allowed the former Arsenal midfielder to go back on against Wolves.

Five uncomfortable minutes later, Joe Willock sitting down on the pitch to give time for Steve Bruce to prepare a replacement and the 22 year old eventually helped off the pitch, clearly in even more pain than when he shuffled off the first time.

Yet another Newcastle player trying to find space in the treatment room.

Now on Tuesday afternoon there has been an update.

Craig Hope of The Mail reporting via his Twitter account:

“Sounds like good news for NUFC on Joe Willock hip injury.

“I’m told he should be fine for first game back v Spurs a week Sunday.”

One scrap of much needed good news, as whilst Joe Willock hasn’t hit the form or goalscoring heights of last season (not helped by Steve Bruce tactics and team set up…Willock forced to play wide most of the time), the thought of Jeff Hendrick starting matches, on top of all United’s other problems, is just not worth thinking about.

After an easy run of fixtures to start the season, Steve Bruce failing to win any of the eight games, it now looks to be getting far tougher (see below), kicking off in 12 days time with that Spurs home match, then Palace away, Chelsea home and Brighton away.

Up to the end of November 2021 this is how the NUFC Premier League schedule looks:

Sunday 15 August 2pm – Newcastle 2 West Ham 4 (Sky Sports)

Saturday 21 August 3pm – Aston Villa 2 Newcastle 0

Saturday 28 August 3pm – Newcastle 2 Southampton 2

Saturday 11 September 3pm – Man Utd 4 Newcastle 1

Friday 17 September 8pm – Newcastle 1 Leeds 1 (Sky Sports)

Saturday 25 September 3pm – Watford 1 Newcastle 1

Saturday 2 October 3pm – Wolves 2 Newcastle 1

Sunday 17 October 4.30pm – Spurs home (Sky Sports)

Saturday 23 October 3pm – Crystal Palace away

Saturday 30 October 3pm – Chelsea home

Saturday 6 November 5.30pm – Brighton away (BT Sport)

Saturday 20 November 3pm – Brentford home

Saturday 27 November 12.30pm – Arsenal away (BT Sport)

This announcement of November games was six days late compared to the original planned schedule (see below).

The next scheduled announcement for the next set of Newcastle United Live TV matches is Monday 11 October 2021, when the live TV choices for December 2021 and January 2022 are set to be announced.

Premier League Official Announcement:

‘Fixtures are amended throughout the season for several reasons, including live TV broadcast selections and to accommodate domestic and European cup competitions.

For this reason, Premier League fixtures are always advertised as being subject to change.

Below are the approximate dates for when the announcements on matches that have been selected for live TV broadcast will be made.

Period of matches (Provisional date of announcement)

September 2021 (5 July 2021)

October 2021 (6 August 2021)

November 2021 (16 September 2021)

December 2021 and January 2022 (11 October 2021)

February 2022 (14 December 2021)

March 2022 (24 January 2022)

April 2022 (21 February 2022)

May 2022 (4 April 2022)

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