Newcastle United could be without key injured duo until OCTOBER

Newcastle United are set to be without key duo Matt Ritchie and Allan Saint-Maximin for at least the next month.

Friday, 30th August 2019, 12:23 pm
Updated Friday, 30th August 2019, 12:24 pm
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St James' Park on August 28, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ritchie hobbled off during Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester City after a horror tackle by Hamza Choudhury.

And Bruce has confirmed the Scotland international – an integral figure in the United starting XI – will likely miss eight weeks of football with bone bruising, stitches and ankle ligament damage.

“It's not great news. We think he's going to be maybe two months, eight weeks,” said Bruce.

“There is ankle ligament damage too, bone bruising, cuts. The kid, as I said to you the other night, was a mess.

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“Thankfully it's not six months, but it's bad enough when it's the best part of eight weeks.”

On Saint-Maximin’s hamstring problem, the news is a little better.

“It's a grade 1, so we think it's going to be anywhere between three weeks and five,” said Bruce.