Elliot Anderson to miss weeks through injury after Steve Bruce hinted at Newcastle role
Steve Bruce revealed at his pre-Leicester City press conference that Newcastle United talent Elliot Anderson is set to miss weeks of action with a hip injury, via quotes by Chronicle Live.
The teenager aggravated the issue during training on Wednesday, having been struggling with an existing problem following his appearance in Newcastle’s FA Youth Cup defeat to Aston Villa last month.
Anderson captained the young Magpies side and provided the assist for Joshua Scott’s first-half stoppage-time goal, but was unable to avoid a 6-1 thrashing to the Villans as his side’s campaign came to an end at the quarter-final stage.
It was the second assist that Anderson has provided across all competitions this term, while providing eight goals over his 16 junior appearances and featuring twice for the senior side in January.
Bruce is unsure on the full extent of the injury but expects Anderson will miss at least a few more weeks, ruling him out of Friday night’s trip to Leicester and potentially his side’s penultimate home clash of the season with Manchester City.
“He picked up a knock in the last game he played, and it’s set him back a little bit. We’re not sure how bad it is but it’s a hip problem,” the Toon boss said. “He’s going to be struggling for the next couple of weeks.”
Anderson’s injury has come at the worst possible moment for the 18-year-old, as he was expected to be given further first-team opportunities once Newcastle sealed their Premier League status – which is attainable at Leicester, depending on Fulham’s result with Burnley.
Bruce hinted earlier this week that minutes could soon be on offer, having claimed via quotes by Chronicle Live: “There’s a chance. We understand that he’s making big strides and he’s only 18, the boy, but he’s in and around us.”
That chance may now no longer be on offer if the issue proves to be more substantial than currently thought, with it likely that Newcastle will have, at best, two games to play once the attacking midfielder has returned to full fitness.
Anderson may instead have to wait until next season to establish himself as a first-team player, having failed to break into the senior side during their fight for survival despite Bruce lauding the teenager for his ‘effortless’ ability (The i) following his debut against Arsenal.