Injury sees Newcastle United key man withdrawn from international duty

Fabian Schar has been removed from the Switzerland international squad.

<p>Fabian Schar of Newcastle United (R) and assistant head coach Jason Tindall applaud the travelling fans at the end of the Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary’s Stadium on March 10, 2022 in Southampton, England.  </p>

Fabian Schar of Newcastle United (R) and assistant head coach Jason Tindall applaud the travelling fans at the end of the Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary’s Stadium on March 10, 2022 in Southampton, England.

Newcastle United defender Fabian Schar has been taken out of the firing line by Switzerland due to injury.

The Swiss FA confirmed last night that Schar would not play any part in his side’s trip to Wembley to face England in a friendly on Saturday, nor would he be available for selection for the match with Kosovo in Zurich next Tuesday.

It is thought the decision, citing a groin issue, is precautionary, rather than due to anything suffered while away with his country.

Schar has been suffering with injury in recent weeks, with the player understood to have been given pain-killing injections to remain a key cog in Eddie Howe’s defensive wheel.

Fabian Schar of Newcastle United is challenged by Timo Werner of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on March 13, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Schar is not thought to be a doubt for United’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday week.

The game, however, will come around too soon for the likes of Callum Wilson and Kieran Trippier, despite both making huge strides forward during the club’s warm weather training camp in Dubai.