By Will Butcher
Newcastle have been handed a boost ahead of Saturday’s clash against Bristol City after striker Tammy Abraham was ruled out with a thigh injury.
Abraham, 19, has been in wonderful form in the Championship this season despite his tender age, and is the third top scorer with 18 goals.
But manager Lee Johnson revealed to Bristol City’s official website that he would be without his Chelsea loanee for Saturday’s clash.
“He’s certainly going to be out for two to three weeks,” Johnson stated. “It’s a big loss for us given how many goals he’s scored this season and how good he’s been.
“It’s the best case scenario because at one point we thought it could be six to eight weeks. Chelsea are looking after him at the moment.”
Abraham picked up the injury in last week’s loss to Garry Monk’s high flying Leeds, and he was withdrawn in the 37th minute during the 2-1 defeat.
With 21 goals in all competitions, City will be much less effective in the final third as their next top goalscorer is attacking midfielder Lee Tomlin on six strikes.
Rafa Benitez’s side could be without their own top scorer in striker Dwight Gayle, however, after their star limped off after just 33 minutes in Monday night’s 2-0 win against Villa with a hamstring injury.
The summer signing, who has struggled with the injury since the middle of January, is now expected to face another spell on the sidelines which could see him miss Saturday’s clash.
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