Newcastle United rocked by injury blow

Matt Ritchie has had a second ankle operation – and will not play again this year.

Matt Ritchie.
Matt Ritchie.

Ritchie was injured by a challenge from Hamza Choudhury.

Head coach Steve Bruce – who claimed on Monday that Ritchie needed more “rest” – hit out at the tackle after the game.

It has been revealed that Ritchie has had further surgery this week. Ritchie could return in January.