Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has revealed that Matt Ritchie may need an operation in what is a fresh injury blow to the Tyneside club.
Speaking after his team drew 1-1 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium through a rather controversial Callum Wilson penalty in added time, Bruce confirmed after Ritchie was forced off earlier in the game, as per The Shields Gazette:
“Matt Ritchie’s done his shoulder, and it doesn’t look good.
“He’s done the joint, I think. I don’t think it’s a dislocation, but he’s done exactly the same as Fab Schar, which would probably mean an operation. We’ll know more in the next couple of days.”
Indeed, if the Scottish international has to have an operation, it may well mean that he will face a long spell out of action at St. James’ Park.
Losing Ritchie would certainly be a blow, as he has featured in three of the five games that the Magpies have played so far this season, according to Transfermarkt.
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Looking at the stats that the 31-year old managed to record in the Premier League in 2019/20, Ritchie won a rather impressive 3.7 of his duels per game, and also averaged 1.8 key passes as well as 1.5 clearances and 1.2 tackles per match (via Sofascore).
Indeed, he is a viable option for the Magpies in both a defensive and attacking sense, and so potentially losing him for a while would be a relatively big blow to Bruce.
It has not yet been confirmed for how long Ritchie will be out of action, but any extended period of injury will surely come as a worry for the St James’ Park faithful, as he has shown that he could be a key part of the squad in the months ahead.
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