Newcastle suffer fresh blow with six-week injury confirmed - 10 out against Man City

Newcastle United have suffered a major injury blow.
Joelinton of Newcastle United. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)Joelinton of Newcastle United. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Joelinton of Newcastle United. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Newcastle United have suffered a major injury blow ahead of the weekend clash with Manchester City - with midfielder Joelinton out for six weeks.

Joelinton suffered the thigh injury during the 3-0 FA Cup win at Sunderland last weekend at the Stadium of Light. Newcastle boss Eddie Howe confirmed the injury blow at his pre-match press conference. The injury is likely to rule the Brazilian out of the next seven matches.

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"The prospects over the next couple of weeks aren't good," Howe added. "It's an injury that will probably see him certainly miss a minimum of six weeks.

"It's a real blow for us, and he's had a very stop-start season unfortunately this year whereas he was so consistent last year."

Newcastle are unlikely to see any players return from injury this Saturday against Manchester City (5:30pm kick-off) at St James' Park with their list of unavailable players into double figures once again. Callum Wilson (calf), Harvey Barnes (foot), Joe Willock (Achilles), Elliot Anderson (back), Jacob Murphy (shoulder), Nick Pope (shoulder), Matt Targett (hamstring) Javier Manquillo (groin) and Sandro Tonali (banned) are all unavailable.

Erling Haaland could also make a return to the City first-team on Saturday having been sidelined for a month with a foot injury.