Newcastle United may potentially be facing a significant injury blow after The Northern Echo claimed that Isaac Hayden may be out for the rest of the season.
As per the news outlet, it is feared that that he has suffered a season-ending knee injury after he was forced to make way for Jeff Hendrick in added time in the first half of the 3-0 loss at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday night.
Should Newcastle keep Hayden?
With Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson already out injured, it would be another huge blow to Steve Bruce if another key first team player in Hayden were to be ruled out for the rest of the campaign.
Newcastle need Hayden
Newcastle need Hayden to be fit and playing if they are to boost their chances of avoiding relegation from the Premier League at the end of the campaign.
The central midfielder has only missed five games for the Magpies in the top flight so far this season, and they only managed to win one of those, drawing one and losing the other three (Transfermarkt). Also, he has the second-best average for tackles and interceptions per game among Bruce’s squad (WhoScored).
Hayden has put in some very good performances for the Toon, with Alan Shearer even going as far as to call him ‘outstanding’ after a stellar display in their 3-2 home win over Southampton back in February.
Nonetheless, losing the 25-year-old for the rest of the campaign would be a massive blow for Newcastle, especially with their Premier League status in the balance.
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