Newcastle United star major doubt to face Southampton - fears his season could be over

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Sean Longstaff was forced off through injury during Newcastle United’s 4-1 win at Everton.

Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff is a major doubt for this afternoon’s Premier League clash against Southampton (kick-off 2pm).

The 25-year-old was on the receiving end of a heavy tackle from Everton defender James Tarkowski, a penalty appeal that was controversially turned down by referee Andre Marriner and overlooked by VAR.

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Longstaff initially played on, despite looking in some discomfort, before being replaced by Alexander Isak in the 74th minute.

NewcastleWorld understands Longstaff went for a scan on Friday amid fears he may have broken a bone in his foot or ankle. If that is the case, then it’s likely the midfielder’s season will be over.

Longstaff, who signed a new three-year contract last summer, has been one of the Magpies’ unsung heroes this campaign. He has played in each of United’s 40 games this term, and started 35 of them.

“I always maintained he is a hugely part of our midfield,” Eddie Howe said recently. “Both in and out of possession, he’s a very intelligent footballer so I think a lot of his off the ball work goes unnoticed just because he goes about it in an unfussy way.

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“And on the ball, he’s got a really good way of keeping the ball, which is an invaluable quality. He’s got an eye for a really progressive pass as well - he helps us break through opponent team structures. I really like Sean.”

In Longstaff’s absence, Joelinton is set to move into the three-man midfield alongside Bruno Guimaraes and Joe Willock. January signing Anthony Gordon could be handed his first St James’ Park start.

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