Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie is set to be out until January after undergoing a second ankle operation.
Ritchie, 30, was injured after a challenge by Hamza Choudhury during an EFL Cup game against Leicester City in August.
The Scotland international has not featured for the Magpies since and, having initially had surgery in October, required a further procedure.
A club statement read: “The 30-year-old will continue his rehabilitation on Tyneside and is expected to return to action in January 2020.”
Newcastle United can confirm that Matt Ritchie has undergone a second operation on the ankle injury he sustained during the Carabao Cup clash with Leicester City in August. #NUFC https://t.co/lkER0ifC7a
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) November 28, 2019
Steve Bruce had acknowledged after Monday’s loss to Aston Villa that Ritchie was “not near fitness at the moment” after suffering a number of setbacks on the recovery trail.
While news of Ritchie’s prolonged absence comes as a blow, the Magpies will at least welcome Sean Longstaff back for Saturday’s Premier League game against champions Manchester City following a three-match ban.
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