Newcastle United will look to build on their win over Chelsea at the weekend when they make the trip to Everton on Tuesday evening, but they have been dealt a double injury blow ahead of the game.
The Magpies will have been buzzing after their victory against the Blues on Saturday afternoon, but that has been clouded by the news that two players will miss the remainder of the season.
Newcastle have a pretty small squad anyway, so they can ill afford to be without some important men, but that has been the case for a number of weeks now, and things have just got a lot worse.
Left-back Paul Dummett missed the Magpies’ win over Chelsea, and the other member of the squad who can play naturally in that position, Jetro Willems, was substituted with injury in the first half.
It has now been confirmed by Newcastle boss Steve Bruce that both will miss the remainder of the campaign, as he clarified when he addressed the media ahead of the game, beginning with the on loan Dutchman.
“It’s what we feared. He’s ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, and he’ll obviously miss the rest of the season,” the Magpies official website quotes him as saying.
“We’ve had bad news on Dummett too – it’s not looking so good for him as well. It looks as if he’s probably ruled out for the season as well, with a tendon injury in his leg. It’s been a bad weekend in that respect. We wish them well and hope for a speedy recovery.
“We believe everybody else is OK – whether (Tuesday night’s game at Everton) is still a little bit too quick for some well have to wait until we get over today – but certainly it’s clouded the victory over Chelsea.”
Bruce is going to have to pick a patched up Newcastle side at Goodison Park, but his team head to Everton in good spirits after successive wins in all competitions.