Isaac Hayden will miss Newcastle’s expected relegation run-in after being ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
Scans have shown the midfielder suffered “significant” damage during the first half of the Magpies’ 3-0 Premier League defeat at Brighton on Saturday after a challenge with Yves Bissouma.
However, he will not require surgery, instead beginning a rehabilitation schedule that should see him recover in time for next season.
Hayden has played 27 times in all competitions this season, scoring one goal.
Steve Bruce’s side are two points above the drop zone with nine games of the season remaining.
Hayden tweeted on Saturday after the injury: “Gutted all round is an understatement! I will be doing my utmost to recover as quickly as I can from this injury to help the team.
“Respect to Bissouma for checking on me after the game – (it) was a complete accident – and Brighton medical staff for their help tonight also.”
Pundit rips into Newcastle winger
Trevor Sinclair has ripped into Newcastle United winger Ryan Fraser and feels his attitude is symptomatic of the club’s demise.
Fraser, 27, played the full 90 minutes as the Magpies were beaten 3-0 by fellow strugglers Brighton on Saturday. It was a woeful display by the Tynesiders and one that leaves them just two points above the relegation zone. They do have a game in hand on 18th-placed Fulham but the Cottagers have momentum heading into the run-in.
The North-East outfit have won only two of their last 18 top-flight games and picked up just nine points this year. Storm clouds are once again gathering over St James’ Park and Fraser was downbeat following the Amex reverse.
“It’s horrible,” he told NUFC TV. “No one’s going to be happy about it. Everyone is down, no one is speaking in there. We’ve obviously spoken to each other as well and got stuff off our chests.
“We can’t be too down. We’re still not in the bottom three. We don’t want to be in there. We’ve still got games to save it and I know we keep saying our next game is massive but it really is.”
Fraser downing tools
Former England winger Sinclair feels Fraser is part of the problem, however. The Scotland international refused the chance to extend his deal with Bournemouth to help battle relegation after last summer’s restart.
He then left the south coast to move to Newcastle. It was suggested that the wide man did not look interested after the Brighton loss.
And Sinclair feels the writing was already on the wall.
“Why are we surprised that Ryan Fraser didn’t look bothered?” he told talkSPORT’s GameDay podcast. “Come on, think of last season when he was at Bournemouth. He had the opportunity to play after the restart and back his troops, his team-mates, his brothers in arms and he downed tools.”