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Newcastle fans gutted with Matt Ritchie injury blow

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Newcastle fans gutted with Matt Ritchie injury blow

Newcastle United have announced that Matt Ritchie is set to be sidelined through injury for two months – and some of the club’s supporters on Twitter are gutted with the update.

The 29-year-old was forced off injured in mid-week during the Carabao Cup second round tie with Leicester City, which they ended up losing on penalties.

He was on the end of a tough challenge from Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury on the stroke of half-time and didn’t re-emerge for the second-half.

Magpies boss Steve Bruce has confirmed (official Twitter) that Ritchie is expected to be unavailable for two months with ankle ligament damage.

He’s become a vital player at St James’ Park in recent times in the left wing-back role and his work-rate is such a key part of his game.

But he’s sidelined for the imminent future, which surely leaves either Paul Dummett or Jetro Willems as the main candidates to fill his spot.

(Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A selection of Newcastle supporters on social media feel that Ritchie is going the be a significant absence and rate him as one of the team’s most important players.

He has started the four games across all competitions under Bruce, but the manager will need to find a new solution and that starts at home to Watford on Saturday in the Premier League.

Here are some Newcastle fans on Ritchie:

 

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