Bruce fears ‘horrendous’ Willems injury

“I’ve never known anything quite like it over the last few weeks,” says Bruce; agent of Inter Milan’s Valentino Lazaro watches win over Chelsea

Last Updated: 18/01/20 10:30pm

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Newcastle boss Steve Bruce bemoans his luck as Jetro Willems and Paul Dummett become the latest Magpies players to pick up injuries
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce bemoans his luck as Jetro Willems and Paul Dummett become the latest Magpies players to pick up injuries

Steve Bruce fears Jetro Willems is the latest player to join Newcastle’s list of long-term absentees after he suffered a “horrendous” injury against Chelsea.

Willems had to be stretchered off in agony during the first half of Saturday’s 1-0 win with what appeared to be a serious knee injury and Bruce fears he has suffered cruciate ligament damage.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Newcastle’s win over Chelsea in the Premier League
FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Newcastle’s win over Chelsea in the Premier League

The blow further deepens Newcastle’s problems down the left, with Paul Dummett having suffered a hamstring injury in the FA Cup third-round replay win over Rochdale in midweek.

Cruciate ligament damage, if confirmed, could mean Willems has played his last game for the club as he is on a season-long loan from Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Bruce says he makes no apologies for setting Newcastle up to be organised and hard to beat against Chelsea
Bruce says he makes no apologies for setting Newcastle up to be organised and hard to beat against Chelsea

And it is likely to force Bruce to move into the transfer market to bolster the left wing-back slot, on top of any potential deal for Inter Milan’s Austria international midfielder Valentino Lazaro, whose agent was at St James’ Park to watch a game which Newcastle won with a late goal from Isaac Hayden.

Hayden had been moved to left wing-back when Willems was hurt.

Bruce said: “It looks a horrendous injury for Jetro, which is a big blow to us. It doesn’t look great with Paul Dummett either so in that area in particular, all of a sudden, within four or five days we’ve got a problem.

“We fear it’s his cruciate.

“We’re due a bit of luck. I’ve never known anything quite like it over the last few weeks so we’re due.”

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