Eddie Howe confirms new ‘potential long-term injury’ for Newcastle United player

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Newcastle United have vowed to support the midfielder through what could be a lengthy recovery.

Matty Longstaff is being assessed by Newcastle United’s medical team amid fears he has suffered a serious knee injury.

The central midfielder, on loan at Colchester United, was stretchered off during the League Two side’s 1-0 away win at Gillingham on Boxing Day.

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Longstaff hadn’t long returned from an early season hamstring issue before undergoing lengthy treatment on the Priestfield Stadium pitch.

Colchester boss Matt Bloomfield said after the game the 22-year-old had innocuously picked up what looked like a serious injury and was in tears at full-time.

Asked by NewcastleWorld about Longstaff’s injury, Howe said: “Matty’s been in for a couple of days to get his knee assessed and checked. It does look like it’s potentially a difficult injury for him.

Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)
Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

“I don’t know the details exactly, he’s going to have scans and the full extent will be revealed. It doesn’t look good for him at the moment.”

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Longstaff, whose loan spell at Colchester was due to come to an end in January, is out-of-contract at Newcastle this summer.

“It’s very difficult for him,” Howe added. “He’s a brilliant lad. We really, really like him as a person.

“It’s a very difficult time when your contract’s coming up. To get a potentially long-term injury is a difficult one for him but we will support him as a team and club and make sure we nurse him back to full fitness.”

The Magpies academy graduate has made 20 senior appearances for his boyhood club - the last being a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal in January 2021 under Steve Bruce.

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