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Newcastle Leader Faces Another Two Months Away With Latest Setback

Newcastle have confirmed that Matt Ritchie has had another operation on his ankle.

This is the statement from the club’s website.

Newcastle United can confirm that Matt Ritchie has undergone a second operation on the ankle injury he sustained during the Carabao Cup clash with Leicester City in August.

Ritchie sustained the injury following a challenge by Foxes midfielder Hamza Choudhury and was forced to have an initial surgical procedure in October.

The 30-year-old will continue his rehabilitation on Tyneside and is expected to return to action in January 2020.

This is very disappointing news, but Steve Bruce stated after the Aston Villa match that Ritchie was not close to fitness. He, however, did not give any indication that the situation was this grim with Ritchie having to go under the knife for a second time.

This is what Bruce said a few days ago:

“Unfortunately he is not near fitness at the moment.

“He has seen a specialist last week and he said to give him another rest and see if that does it.

“We will see what happens in the next couple of weeks but at the moment he is still not ready to return.”

That tackle from Hamza Choudhury has devasted Matt Ritchie’s season. He’s already been out for three months, and now it could be another two months of recovery for the 30-year-old.

5 comments so far

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Nov 28, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Is this the ready made excuse for resting the first team when the Fa cup rolls round?

  • lesh

    Nov 28, 2019 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Geordie Tom

    I owe you an apology for suggesting that you were a regular attendee at NUFC matches. That is not the case as you only get to SJP on the odd occasion you’re in Newcastle.

    It was a genuine mistake on my part and there are others who do attend and feel that in doing so are supporting their team, not Ashley.

  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 28, 2019 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Although his galvanizing presence on the pitch would have worked for us, he may be on his way out.

  • Australian Pie

    Nov 28, 2019 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #4

    As long as Willems is fit this shouldn’t be a problem.

    His versatility and leadership will be missed still but we have better players in the positions he can play.

    Want to see Atsu come in for Almiron, Longstaff in for Shelvey, Schar in for Dummett and Gayle in for Joelinton this weekend

  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 28, 2019 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Not only I don’t see anything against Man City, from Sheffield United also we may return empty handed. Unless, of course, the the team returns to quick counter attacks down the flanks. Unfortunately I don’t see that happening if Almiron is dropped against City.

    Fast counter attacking style could work against City as well. Only that ridding bad habits will take a bit of doing, for which there’s not enough time.

    But then, I am probably expecting too much from the deep thinker we have at the helm.


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