We’re still waiting to hear the severity of Ciaran Clark’s injury. The 30-year-old center-back was forced off late at the Emirates on Sunday with what looks to be a significant ankle injury.
After the game, Steve Bruce made the following comment on Clark’s injury.
“He’s got a bad one. It doesn’t look good. By the state of his ankle, it looks pretty serious. We’ll know more in the next 24-48 hours.”
Newcastle have been fortunate to have six center-backs in the squad. However, if Clark is out for a significant length of time, we’ll be down to just four players at the position.
Paul Dummett is already out for the season with his hamstring injury. With Bruce using three center-backs in his team, we could be left short there over the next few months.
Florian Lejeune can come straight into the squad, but the Athletic’s Chris Waugh has highlighted just how important to Newcastle Clark has been when he is on the pitch.
Clark has made 14 appearances in the league this season. When he is involved, Newcastle have collected 6 of their 8 victories. They also average double the amount of goals scoring 1.2 per game when he plays and just .6 when he doesn’t.
Defensively, Newcastle concede 0.7 fewer goals a game at 1.2 with Clark in the team. Most importantly is the points average, which is 1.6 per game with Clark compared to just .7 without.
Hopefully, Clark’s ankle is not as bad as initially thought. We hope to get an update either today or tomorrow. It’ll be a massive loss if Clark is ruled for an extended period of time.
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