Newcastle United have provided an injury update on Matt Ritchie, and it looks like he’ll soon be back available for the Magpies.
The club have informed supporters via their official website that the 30-year-old has undergone minor surgery on his ankle, following a challenge by Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury back in August.
The operation was a success, and the club say they hope former Bournemouth man will resume training after the international break, and that he could return to first-team action ‘towards the end of this month’.
£12 million signing Ritchie (BBC Sport) has missed the last five games for Newcastle, and will hope to play a part against Wolverhampton Wanderers on October 27 – the next game against Chelsea will likely arrive too soon.
Ritchie’s return will be a boost for Newcastle, with his experience and seniority a positive for the squad.
He could face a battle reclaiming his place in the starting XI though, with loan signing Jetro Willems having impressed in his absence.
The Dutch full-back is beginning to prove himself in English football, and scored a goal against Liverpool and laid on an assist against Manchester United last weekend.