The German outlet reports Willems returned to his parent club Eintracht Frankfurt this week and spoke to team doctor Florian Pfab. Bild claims the diagnosis indicated the Netherlands international has suffered a ‘very serious’ ACL injury which could keep him out for eight to nine months.
Willems has played in 19 Premier League games for the Magpies this season, scoring two goals against Liverpool and titleholders Manchester City and registering an assist versus Manchester United (Transfermarkt).
Given the circumstances it seems certain that the 25-year-old will not feature again in this campaign, even if the season is extended. Newcastle triggering the option in his contract to make the loan move permanent and have him back next term now also looks unlikely.
Despite the serious injury, though, Willems is surely a necessity for Steve Bruce’s Black and White army. Not only has the defender popped up with the occasional screamer, he has formed a partnership on the left flank with Allan Saint-Maximin, with their friendship clearly evident on-and-off the pitch.
Willems demonstrated his true potential during the 2-2 draw at home to Manchester City. He scored the opener, made four clearances, won two ground duels, and produced a key interception, finishing the game with a high rating of 7.2 (SofaScore).
The Dutch left-back is still only 25 but has loads of experience, including making 26 appearances for the national team, as well as playing in the Bundesliga and Eredivisie (Transfermarkt).
For around £10m, that’s too good to pass up on just because he will probably miss the first few months of next season. Paul Dummett could fill in on the left side until Willems is fit, or the board could also look for another loan similar to Danny Rose if he needs to spend more recovery time on the sidelines.
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