Eddie Howe reflects on ‘massive injury blow’ for Newcastle United

Newcastle United will be without Emil Krafth “for a number of months”.

Emil Krafth has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury at Newcastle United, head coach Eddie Howe has confirmed.

The Sweden international was stretchered off in the first-half of the Magpies’ 2-1 Carabao Cup win at Tranmere Rovers in midweek.

Howe revealed on Friday that the injury “didn’t look good” for Krafth, and it’s now been confirmed that the 28-year-old will be sidelined for “a number of months”

Speaking after the 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Howe said: “It’s a massive blow for us.

“Emil has been superb for us on and off the pitch ever since I came to the football club in all sorts of ways, he’s a brilliant guy.

“We’re all really feeling for him at the moment. It’s an ACL injury, so he’ll be out for a number of months.”

Krafth, who stepped up superly in Kieran Trippier’s absence last season, has vowed to return “as soon as possible”.

Posting on Instagram, Krafth said: “Hard to find words and still can’t believe it. This was not the way I wanted the season to start!

“Gonna be out for several months with a knee injury. Devastated I can’t be out there and help the team, but I will do my best to push the lads to reach success!

“One thing I know is that the sun will rise tomorrow again and I will work extremely hard to get back as soon as possible!

“Thanks for all the messages and love you all have given me. See you soon back out there!”