‘Shocking’ - Newcastle United injury bombshell as star ruled out until 2024
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Barnes suffered a foot injury in the early stages of Newcastle’s 8-0 win at Sheffield United and is now facing an extended spell on the sidelines.
Expanding on Barnes’ injury, Howe said ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match against Burnley at St James’ Park: “We think he’s going to be out for around three months.
“No surgery required which is good news but his foot is now in a boot. It’s an injury underneath his toe and he’s now starting his recovery.
“I think he’s going to be quite sedated for a period of time because he’s got to rest and give it every chance to recover and then we have to build him up slowly.
“No, it’s not a fracture. I don’t actually know the right term to use but it is an unusual injury and we’re sort of a little bit baffled as to how and why it’s come about. Sometimes as much as you try and find a reason, there isn’t one and it’s just one of those things that happens. He knew straight away, it’s very unusual to see that.”
Howe went on to state that the three months recovery period is for Barnes to return to training and that the winger could be out of competitive action for a slightly longer period, stretching into the New Year.
“I think the three months is probably to return to training,” Howe told The Gazette. “But we live in hope that he could come back sooner than that. That’s probably where it is.
“[The injury] has come at a shocking time for Harvey because he’s just starting to find his rhythm. With so many games coming up to lose any player is such a big blow for us. We have to deal with it, accept it and we wish him a speedy recovery.”