Newcastle United rocked by six-week injury blow - key man won’t return until mid-October

Newcastle United will be without midfielder Joe Willock for the next six weeks.
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Eddie Howe has revealed Newcastle United will be without Joe Willock for another six weeks with the midfielder suffering a fresh injury.

The Magpies have been without the former Arsenal man since May after he sustained a hamstring injury during a 4-1 win against Brighton and Hove Albion at St James’ Park.

He was initially due to return in pre-season but suffered a setback. United hoped to have Willock available after the international break but Howe has revealed that won’t be the case.

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Asked by NewcastleWorld if Willock would resume training next week. Howe said: “No unfortunately not. Joe’s had a bit of a setback with an Achilles injury. It’s not related to his hamstring problem so I think he’ll be missing for around six weeks.”

Howe says Willock was missed as his side suffered a 3-1 loss at Brighton tonight following Evan Ferguson’s hat-trick.

“I think it’s in its infancy, that has to be noted,” Howe said when questioned about the midfield three of Sandro Tonali, Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton.

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“I don’t think that’s necessarily a criticism of any one of those players but it’s a new-look midfield and that takes time to build the relationships where it’s automatic.

“Individually they’re all top, top players. We’re missing Joe Willock who’s a big miss in terms of energy. Joey declared himself fit yesterday but was not at 100 per-cent with the knee problem he had. There are mitigating circumstances.”