Steve Bruce issues Isaac Hayden injury update at Newcastle United

Steve Bruce fears that Isaac Hayden’s facing an extended spell on the sidelines.

The midfielder was stretchered off during relegation-threatened Newcastle United’s shocking 3-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium last night.

Hayden had been accidentally caught by midfielder Yves Bissouma, who checked on him after the game.

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There are fears that the 25-year-old’s season could be over, and Bruce admitted that the injury “didn’t look good” after the defeat, which led to calls for United’s head coach to be sacked.

"It’s a knee injury,” said head coach Bruce, who retains the backing of owner Mike Ashley despite a run of just two wins from 20 games in all competitions. “We don’t know the severity until obviously he has scans and x-rays, but it doesn’t look too good, that’s for sure.”

Hayden tweeted a message to Bissouma – and United’s fans – after the game. Bissmoua had immediately shown his concern for Hayden after their clash before the break.

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He said: “Gutted all round is an understatement! I will be doing my utmost to recover as quickly as I can from this injury to help the team. Respect to Bissouma for checking on me after the game. Was a complete accident, and (thanks to) Brighton medical staff for their help tonight also.”

Newcastle remain two points above the relegation zone following the Brighton game. The 17th-placed club’s next game, which follows a two-week international break, is against Tottenham Hotspur at St James’s Park on April 4.

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Isaac Hayden is stretchered off the pitch.

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