Fresh injury blow for luckless Newcastle, Callum Roberts at the double


Newcastle United have suffered another injury blow ahead of Saturday's game against Bournemouth.

Defender Massadio Haidara limped out of tonight's 2-0 win over Aston Villa with a groin problem.

Two goals from winger Callum Roberts decided the Under-21 Premier League game, which was played at a foggy St James's Park.

Haidara, 22, had been included so he could build up his match fitness after a recent spell out with a knee injury.

But Haidara lasted just over half an hour before pulling up holding his groin, and he was quickly substituted by coach Peter Beardsley.

Goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, however, came through the match unscathed ahead of the club's trip to the south coast.

Woodman, 18, is on standby to face Bournemouth at the Goldsands Stadium with Rob Elliot doubtful with a thigh injury.

Beardsley's side was captained by experienced forward Siem de Jong in front of a crowd of 909.

De Jong forced a save from Villa goalkeeper Matija Sarkic with a shot from close range after Roberts found him with a low free-kick as the hour-mark approached.

Newcastle's breakthrough came in the 78th minute when Roberts finished at the far post after Ivan Toney crossed from the right.

And Roberts, 18, added a second goal five minutes from time after Toney unselfishly squared the ball to him.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Woodman, Mbabu (Ward, 58), Haidara (Gibson, 33), Barlaser, Lascelles, Satka (Williams, 46), Sterry, Smith, Toney, de Jong, Roberts.