Newcastle United defender Kelland Watts’ 2022-23 season could be over after picking up a hamstring injury on loan at Peterborough United.
The 23-year-old picked up the injury while warming up for an internal practice match soon - just days after his loan spell was extended until the end of the campaign.
Watts joined Posh when recovering from knee surgery but when fit from October onwards was used sparingly by previous boss Grant McCann.
The return of Darren Ferguson as manager saw Peterborough retain Watts’ services. Despite his absence, they are permitted to pay part of the centre-back’s wages.
Posh want to sign a replacement, and chairman Darragh MacAnthony is set to ask Magpies sporting director Dan Ashworth for help.
“We want to sign a centre-back in this window but we are on the hook financially for Kell Watts which means we can’t budget for a new signing,” said MacAnthony.
“I am going to contact Dan Ashworth to see if Newcastle can do us a favour.
“Clubs have done favours for us in the past when loan players have picked up injuries and I have helped out non-league clubs in smilar situations.
“Sometimes clubs help and sometimes they don’t, but I will be asking the question.”
The Peterborough Telegraph reports that Watts has suffered a serious tear and could miss the rest of the campaign.