Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles has been ruled out for up to three months due to the knee injury he suffered against Bournemouth. This information comes from a report in the Sun.
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The report says that scans show Lascelles has suffered some ligament damage to his knee. This is terrible news for the Newcastle captain, who just turned 26 years old yesterday. Lascelles has been an ever-present member of Newcastle’s squad since being handed the captain’s armband in the summer of 2016.
Jamaal suffered the injury in the first few minutes against Bournemouth when Callum Wilson gave him a shove that sent him barreling into Martin Dubravka. Lascelles continued on but was forced off after 20 minutes. In retrospect, it may have been unwise for Jamaal to continue playing, but as they say, hindsight is 20/20.
If there is a silver lining, it is that Newcastle have Florian Lejeune due to return from a long spell out with his own knee injury. Also, Fabian Schar’s knee problem that has kept him out for the past three weeks is not thought to be too serious.
For the time being, Newcastle are down to Federico Fernandez, Ciaran Clark, and Paul Dummett as their only fit center-backs. However, that should not be for too long as Lejeune and Schar should be close to a return.