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Newcastle: Fans react as Bruce confirms Ritchie out until October

Newcastle: Fans react as Bruce confirms Ritchie out until October

Loads of Newcastle United fans have been reacting on social media after Steve Bruce dropped a hammer blow revelation during his pre-game press conference, by confirming that Matt Ritchie will be ruled out until October.

The former Scotland international suffered what Bruce described as a ‘horror challenge’ (Chronicle) at the hands of Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury in the Magpies’ Carabao Cup defeat to the Foxes on Wednesday night, which left the 29-year-old in a ‘mess’ and requiring stitches in his ankle.

Ritchie now faces at least two months on the sidelines after it was confirmed that he had suffered ligament damage, ruling the natural wide midfielder out of Newcastle’s Premier League games with Watford, Liverpool, Brighton, Leicester, Manchester United, Chelsea and Wolves.

He had been one of Bruce’s most utilised players so far this season, having played the full ninety minutes in each top-flight encounter, as well as starting the midweek EFL Cup tie (WhoScored).

Bruce confirmed that it was bad news for Ritchie in his pre-game press conference on Friday morning, though.

“It’s not great news,” he said, via quotes by Newcastle’s Twitter account. “We think he’s going to be [out for] two months. There is ankle ligament damage. Thankfully it’s not six months, but it’s bad enough.”

Newcastle will also be without summer signing Allan Saint-Maximin for Watford’s trip to St James’ Park at the weekend due to a hamstring strain (Sky Sports), while Miguel Almiron, Emil Krafth and Jetro Willems all face late fitness tests.

Bruce is confident that Almiron will be fit to play on Saturday, but doubt over Krafth and Willems raises question marks over who will be deployed at left-back.

News of Ritchie’s absence has sparked a flurry of Newcastle supporters to take to social media to share their reactions, with fans suggesting the verdict is an ‘absolute disaster’ and questioned why the Magpies have suffered so many blows so early into the campaign.

Here’s a selection of the messages shared…

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