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Newcastle Confirm Sean Longstaff Out Until Preseason

It’s not good news for 21-year-old Sean Longstaff.

Newcastle United have confirmed that after visiting with a specialist on his knee injury yesterday Seam will be out for the rest of the season and we will not see him play again until pre-season begins in early July.

This is the statement released by the club this morning:

Newcastle United can confirm midfielder Sean Longstaff is likely to miss the remainder of the 2018/19 season with a knee ligament injury.

The 21-year-old – who has been shortlisted for the Premier League’s Player of the Month for February – was replaced at half time during Saturday’s Premier League game at West Ham United.

Academy graduate Longstaff has made 13 appearances in all competitions for the Magpies this term, scoring twice.

The main thing now is to get Sean the best available treatment so he fully recovers from what is a serious injury.

talkSPORT had reported earlier today that Sean would be out for four months and that now seems an accurate report.

The difference is talkSPORT report he would be out for four months with local reports now saying it’s six to eight weeks which is half that time.

Rafa Benitez will address Sean Longstaff’s injury ar tomorrow’s press conference for the vital home game against Everton on Saturday.

This is bad news for Sean and for Newcastle.

The Mail reports he will continue to wear his knee brace for the next two months before he starts rehabilitation at the Benton Training grounds.

So there’s some disagreement on how long he will be out for with the Chronicle  saying that reports he will be out for four months have been dismissed by club sources.

It would be good if he’s fully fit before preseason starts in early July.

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55 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Bad news for the lad, but he seems to have a sensible head on his shoulders and I’m sure he’ll come back stronger. Taking a step back out of the limelight for a while may not actually be a bad thing in the long run, I do think the hype train was starting to roll for him with talk of England and Player of the Month.

    Also, just because he will be out for the season doesn’t mean it’s an over-serious injury necessarily, just a desire to make sure he doesn’t get rushed back. In other circumstances, it’s possible he could have been back in 4-6 weeks but why put that pressure on him when we have good cover in that position.

    After all, if needed, I’m sure Matty could step up to cover injury.

    Surely if the injury was very serious, he would be scheduled for surgery this week?

  • martoon

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Gutted for the lad but at least from a nufc point of view it is a position that we are well covered – if it had been Rondon!!!!!!

  • Bambams

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Well at least Ash cant now sell him in the summer transfer window

  • Just a fan

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    This is for lesh.
    Mr Ashley is a spiffing fellow.
    He is so goods with kids and loves animals.
    Gives loads to charity and he may be in the new years Honours list.
    Some say he is the saviour of the high street.
    Happy now lesh.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #5

    After Diame’s impressive introduction the other night I don’t think he’ll be missed too much, he’ll be gutted but unfortunately injuries are part and parcel of the game and he’ll be busting a gut to get back in the team when he’s ready.

  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #6

    I’d play Diame in his place.

    Hopefully Longstaff can come back stronger for next season.

  • FollowFollow

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #7

    That’s great news on Longstaff!

    FCB won’t be able to sell him this summer.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Just a fan,
    Was that post meant to annoy or amuse, imo you didn’t mean a word of it so you haven’t just wasted your time in writing it but everyone’s who read it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #9

    If Diame has to play we might get to see some new Churnley faces when he realises he has to give him a new deal, I didn’t think it was possible to pull a more grotesque one that time he was standing next to Mikey when he looks like he is clearly straining to shite himself, this might open a new level 😀

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Funny old game, until the resurgence of Hayden and Longstaffs step up we weren’t very well covered there at all.

  • Just a fan

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #11

    In that case you have wasted years of my time.
    Oh the irony of it.
    Never mind I will still read your posts.ive finished war and peace now and I must say I got through it quicker than your posts.

  • martoon

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Jail @8 – I believe it’s called irony 😉

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Sad news about Sean today, it also sucks for Hayden who has built up and good working relationship with Sean.

    Gives Rafa a real dilemma, who to play with Hayden?
    Or does he go back to Diame and Ki which seemed to work or Diame and Jonjo which also worked.

    It tough being a manager and have to make these decisions, but I trust Rafa this week is looking at this in training and we will be ok.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Just a fan,
    Glad to hear you are a fan 😀

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #15

    A bit like Munster wanting JfK back, except he means it 😮

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 7, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #16

    Given Longstaff was playing a more withdrawn role than Hayden (though their ability to switch made our midfield look more dynamic than it has for a long time) I think Diame would be the obvious replacement.

    However, Hayden may struggle to take sole responsibility for providing the creative spark. He and Longstaff created space for one another in a way that Diame and Hayden probably won’t.

    It’s possible that Rafa will ask Ki to try to replicate the partnership between Longstaff and Hayden, or drop Hayden altogether and go with Ki and JonJo.

    At least we have options.

    Personally, I’d go with Ki and Hayden with Diame / JonJo to come on depending on match circumstances.

  • Just a fan

    Mar 7, 2019 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #17

    Yes but pair back on the bad language it’s not lady chattely,s lover.

  • lochinvar

    Mar 7, 2019 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #18

    What we can expect from Everton is their no nonsense physical ( borderline thuggish ,niggly, ) style of play over laden with plenty of hobby behaviour and “ wot me ref ? “ antics.

    Diame should make them think twice on those tactics and that should allow Hayden to start and produce the creative platform going forward. Shelvey and Ki might both be on the bench alongside Muto. After that who knows what Rafa will decide. Well Rafa obviously.

  • lochinvar

    Mar 7, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #19

    * hobby

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 7, 2019 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #20

    With Longstaff out we need some creativity in midfield. That’s not Diame is it? So rakky it should, be between Ki and Shelvey. A fit Shelvey is my choice, but I won’t be upset if it is Ki.
    A lot seem to have forgotten Shelvey has been our best player for the last couple of seasons – since he arrived anyway. He might have only a few assists lately, but his through balls have led to many a goal via another player.
    He needs to be fit though. His push to play for the U23s the other night certainly helped. Is Ki match fit? He hasn’t played since coming back injured from the Asia Cup.
    I want to see what Shelvey can do with Miggy’s pace. Yes, Schar and Lejuene can play long passes, but nobody does it like Shelvey. How many times did he set Gayle through last season, only for him to miss? Dozens. Nobody will get the best out of Miggy’s pace like Shelvey. I want to see it. We have to get the best out of every player.
    Shelvey now knows his place is not guaranteed. I think that will push him even further. He’ll have something to prove – that he should be playing – and I think it will bring the best out of Shelvey.

  • Just a fan

    Mar 7, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #21

    Shelvey is a top top player.
    Not long ago we were pushing him for England now we are pushing him out the door.
    Twenty million your having a laugh.
    Also apperently him and his family love it up here.

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 7, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #22

    If both are fit, I’d go with Diame and Shelvey. It’s worked well in the past and Diame played well the other evening.
    Diane is a player to break things up, win the ball back and let Shelvey play. Tbh I don’t get the Hayden thing. Against Watford I watched online and didn’t know he was playing until the second half when I clocked his number 14 near the penalty area. I think Longstaff has made him look decent but I still don’t see that he brings that much to the game. He stepped up when required but I’d still revert to the senior players now. Diame and Shelvey works. It’s not a time for experimenting or taking chances. We need points. It will be interesting to see who he goes with.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 7, 2019 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #23

    Thought when if was told that longstaff didn’t need surgery that’ll it be max 2 months or so out. 4 months is a big blow. Hopefully though it will have given him a taste of things so he knows what to expect and he’ll be fired up for pre season.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 7, 2019 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #24

    the main thing is Longstaff has done the hardest part of establishing himself as a first teamer that can be relied on. if he’d got injured after one game he’d be firmly 5th choice and he’d be waiting for three players to get injured again which might never happen. some players wait and wait and never get the chance and then it’s too late. it’s now down to shelvey or ki to show they are indespensible. i’d play shelvey hayden. both hayden and diame potentially need to play great for their careers. both could be leaving and obvisouly want as good a deal as possible.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 7, 2019 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #25

    ronaldo aarons, I implied earlier (maybe tl;dr) that it might actually only be a 4-6 week injury rather than 4 months, but that ‘sources’ are talking about 4 months as that takes us through to preseason.

    The idea may be to take the pressure off Longstaff and the club to get him back playing again this season.

    Again, if it was a serious injury, he’d be having an opp.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 7, 2019 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #26

    The next Mike, very good point about him being established. Rafa knows he can turn to him and expect consistency as well as ability, and against the best the League has to offer.

  • Shoulders knees

    Mar 7, 2019 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #27

    Pleased to read you news, keep fighting Fella.

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 7, 2019 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #28

    Let’s be realistic, Hayden will be gone in the summer. I think his stock has been improved by playing with Longstaff and we should be looking to find a deal now. Get the best deal we can and not risk anything further. We’re sure to make a profit considering he only cost a couple of million.
    If Diame is getting an extension he can guarantee that by playing a number of games. He’s close now I think. We’ll see if Rafa wants to keep him by whether he plays him or not. If he does, that definitely leaves a straight choice between Ki and Shelvey. Whatever happens it might give us an insight to Rafa’s thoughts for going forward.

  • posada

    Mar 7, 2019 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #29

    I think Longstaff was badly managed.
    3 games in 8 days.
    Other players fit and available.
    Diame. Also, Ki, he was away for a 6 week holiday in Jan.

  • posada

    Mar 7, 2019 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #30

    I can only assume the club don’t want to explain the full nature of his injury.
    It would appear he does not need an operation.
    Think that is positive.
    The lad himself looked happy enough when he was at the Morpeth game the other night.
    I’m reading that as a good sign.

    Will it be 6 to 8 weeks.
    Hope so, that would be the best we can hope for.

    Funny how our young talented players get targeted by the opposition.
    Longstaff, Almiron and Kennedy has had it as well.
    They don’t get the same protection as the big club players.

    Yeah. Hindsight is a great thing. Although I did feel this coming. I thought it would be Almiron to be honest. Said some weeks ago he needs to protect himself at all times.

    Mentioned Ben Arfa, Hadaira and Leguene injuries in early games for us.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 7, 2019 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #31

    Easy to be wise after the event posada, plenty of others played the same and came away unscathed.

  • posada

    Mar 7, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #32

    I did say Hindsight is a wonderful thing and accept that some of my views are perhaps driven out of disappointment for the lad.
    The West Ham manager was wise before the event. They played in midweek. For our game he changed 5 players. Half of the outfield players.

    I think it showed. We just were not quite with it.

    Nothing fires up some folks more than someone being critical of the manager.
    Well, in my view he is not beyond criticism.
    I don’t think he helped our team at all last Saturday.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 7, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #33

    Badly managed? What’s that got to do with being injured in a 50/50?

    So are we banging Shelvey through the car boot sale with some broken picture frames and grannies bric-a-brac still? Or are we keeping him?

  • martoon

    Mar 7, 2019 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #34

    posada @32 – I think that’s unfair – it was always a tricky decision whether to freshen up the team or stick with a winning team. 20 – 20 hindsight shows that maybe it wasn’t the right decision but even then I don’t think we could have changed 5 players – we just don’t have the squad depth that West Ham have!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 7, 2019 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #35

    If he’d changed it up and we lost people would be asking why he changed a winning team then people would have asked questions. He normally mixes it up so not sure why he didn’t on Saturday.

  • Dondatta13

    Mar 7, 2019 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #36

    3 games in 8 days for a very fit, healthy, energetic 21 year old is not asking too much of him. Especially as he only started games in December.

    Eddie Izzard completed 27 marathons in as many days for Sport Relief and hes a middle ages man whos not even an athlete.

  • Dondatta13

    Mar 7, 2019 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Since December*

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 7, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #38

    Longstaff – just sheer bad luck he was injured.
    Fatigue/lack of recovery between games could well have been a factor.
    Well known that muscle fatigue does increase the predisposition for injury.

    99 players out of a 100 could get through without injury playing 3 games in a short period.
    So just bad luck perhaps.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 7, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #39

    Dondatta – I don’t think it is a good comparison using Izzard.
    Clearly he is fit but a footballer uses more dynamic movements than a long distance runner, and as such will increase potential for injury.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 7, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #40

    The injury suffered by Longstaff is caused by hyper-extension of the ligament at the back of the knee. Generally it happens because there is an impact on the knee cap while the lower leg / foot is in motion, which stretches the leg too far.

    It’s not to do with fatigue as such, but it was a challenge which seemed a little out of character, so it’s possible the situation he was in (rapid rise, weight of expectation, sense of responsibility, the ‘competition’ between him and Declan Rice) was weighing on him mentally. This would not have been improved by fatigue which impairs judgement, but I think that’s probably the only factor which comes from the busy schedule.


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