TalkSPORT have claimed in an exclusive that Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff is to visit a specialist – with his injury not deemed as serious as first thought.
The 21-year-old was removed from the field of play at half-time during Newcastle’s 2-0 loss to West Ham United. It was confirmed after the match that the in-form Toon star had suffered knee ligament damage.
Newcastle fans were worried that the former Blackpool loanee may be out for a considerable amount of time. Knee ligament injuries are notoriously bad in football these days.
However, TalkSPORT reported that the midfielder is to see a specialist on Tuesday. They also claimed that the former Kilmarnock loanee’s injury is not as bad as previously thought.
Longstaff has been in superb form since breaking into Newcastle’s side of late. He has earned praise from the likes of Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer on Twitter, while Martin Keown even claimed he was better than Declan Rice.
It remains to be seen how long he will be sidelined for, but Newcastle will be hopeful it is sooner rather than later. The club have Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame to choose from in his place.
The quicker Newcastle get Longstaff back, the better the chance of avoiding a relegation dog fight. Longstaff has been a breath of fresh air, dictating the tempo of play at the base of the midfield.
He has given Newcastle a different dimension in the middle of the park. His intricate array of passing sets up the attack, while his ability to read the game sees him make interceptions.
Newcastle take on Everton at St. James’ Park on Saturday.