Journalist: Good news after Newcastle first team scare, final verdict imminent as club sweat
The injury suffered by Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie on international duty is not believed to be a major concern ahead of his scans on Tuesday, according to a journalist.
The Chronicle’s chief sports reporter Lee Ryder has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the 28-year-old was set to undergo tests a day after he was confirmed to have pulled out of the Scotland squad, but that initial signs were promising after the initial scare.
Matt Ritchie injury not believed to be serious. However, Ritchie faces further assessment today at the club’s training ground after withdrawal from Scotland squad to face Hungary. #nufc
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) March 27, 2018
The winger had featured for 87 minutes of his country’s 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica and his absence would be a major blow to Rafael Benitez and the club, having seen Ritchie feature 30 times this season across all competitions, chipping in with two goals and six assists.
The Magpies, who will be sweating over his availability ahead of a crunch clash with Huddersfield, will be hoping to have news on his status imminently.
Football Insider verdict
While Ritchie’s injury might not be a serious one, it could well keep him out of the match against the Terriers, which looks set to be a crucial showdown when it comes to securing Premier League survival this season. The Scottish international has been a key member of the squad and will be sorely missed if he is forced to sit this one out, especially considering he had hit a decent patch of form prior to the international break. Still, Benitez has other options and missing one game is better than missing the rest of the season, so there is a silver lining to what could have been a massive bombshell.
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