Newcastle United midfielder given ‘two week’ injury time frame after returning to club

Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden is still waiting to make his competitive Norwich City debut due to injury.

Hayden, who missed the second half of last season at Newcastle due to a knee injury, was loaned out to Championship side Norwich in the summer.

But shortly after arriving in Norfolk, Hayden was back on the treatment table after experiencing swelling in his knee and required a ‘minor’ operation.

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Isaac Hayden of Newcastle United arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Norwich City at St. James Park on November 30, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Three months into the Championship season and Hayden is yet to feature for the Canaries as he waits to make his first competitive appearance of 2022.

The 27-year-old has returned to Newcastle to work on his recovery but Norwich boss Dean Smith expects the midfielder to be back within the next ‘two weeks'.

Smith said in his pre-match press conference: “He had to go for a review back at Newcastle and they felt he had a slight effusion in the knee so he’s not trained yet.

“I expect him back in the next two weeks.”