Newcastle v Liverpool: Mike Williamson major injury doubt after hamstring strain

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren

Mike Williamson is a major injury doubt for Newcastle United’s game against Liverpool on Sunday after picking up a hamstring strain in training.

The defender was recalled by the Magpies this week from his loan spell at Wolves, after Jamaal Lascelles tweaked a hamstring over the weekend.

Mike Williamson

Mike Williamson

But the Newcastle injury curse has struck again with Willaimson picking up a similar injury.

The veteran centre-half will go for a scan to determine the extent of the strain.

Head coach Steve McClaren said: “He has tweaked his hamstring in training and needs a scan. We will know more later.

“When it goes against you, it goes against you. This is when you have to show character.”

It means Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini – under pressure of being dropped after a string of poor performances – looks like keeping his place for the visit of the rampant Reds.

Lascelles is definitely out of the Liverpool clash, as is Cheick Tiote.

McClaren added: “Including a couple of kids, we’ve got 18 players for Sunday. Williamson has tweaked his hamstring and will have a scan.”