An injury expert has now revealed when he expects Joe Willock to return to playing for Newcastle United again.
The Lowdown: Carrying a knock
As quoted by The Shields Gazette, Steve Bruce revealed that Willock had suffered a ‘knock to his hip’ after being forced off early in their 2-1 loss away at Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
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The former Arsenal ace was sent for a scan during the international break to see what damage had been done.
The Latest: Back for Tottenham?
Speaking to Football Insider, Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis, has now revealed that the extent of Willock’s injury should not be too serious, and even claimed that he could be ready to play in the North East club’s next game, against Tottenham Hotspur at St. James’ Park in the top flight on Sunday 17th October:
“Fingers crossed, this will not be very serious.
“It was just the impact on the point of that hip. It can be very, very painful with the bruising around there.
“That can restrict mobility and movement, which we saw when he was unable to continue against Wolves.
“But I’m pretty confident those scans will come back as nothing too serious.
“In the next few days, he will loosen up. Hopefully, we will see him back on the training pitches and ready in time for game week eight.”
The Verdict: Relief
It will certainly be a relief to hear that Willock seemingly has a good chance of coming back to play against Spurs.
Given his Arsenal background, he would be right up for the match, and his 1.3 dribbles per game in the Premier League so far this season is only bettered by Allan Saint-Maximin out of his teammates, showing how vital he is in getting the Tyneside outfit up the pitch.
Nonetheless, Bruce will no doubt be hoping and praying that his scan does not come back too serious.
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