'Terrible news', 'Nightmare' – Newcastle fans gutted after official player update
Newcastle’s Matt Ritchie has pulled out of Scotland’s squad ahead of their friendly against Hungary on Tuesday, and fans are fearing the worst.
He played almost the full 90 minutes when Scotland lost to Costa Rica on Friday but withdrew from the squad along with Grant Hanley and Scott McTominay.
The news was announced on the official Newcastle Twitter page on Monday.
MATT RITCHIE has been withdrawn from the @ScottishFA squad ahead of Tuesday's friendly against Hungary.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) March 26, 2018
Newcastle have a very winnable home game in the Premier League against Huddersfield on Saturday and fans are now worried that he’s going to be a doubt for a game that could help them secure their Premier League status.
Rafa Benitez’s side are currently sitting pretty in 13th spot in the league but are still only four points above the trapdoor.
Three points on Saturday would give them some valuable breathing room ahead of the season run-in.
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No official confirmation on the severity of the injury has been made yet but fans are saying this is why they hate international breaks.
Here are the best reactions to the worrying player update:
Hope Ritchie is sound for Saturday he’s just started playing like we know he can.
Read last night he had a hernia which is why his performances may of dipped before Christmas.
This squad playing through injuries. Lascelles, Shelvey now Ritchie
Love them ???? #nufc
— Jonny Martin (@JonnyMartin1) March 26, 2018
Hopefully the injury does not keep him out of sat game #nufc
— toon travel 2 (@RuzMark) March 26, 2018
— Scotty T ⚫⚪NUFC⚫⚪ (@ScottyT9804) March 26, 2018
— Harry De Cosemo (@harrydecosemo) March 26, 2018
This is why I hate pointless internationals. https://t.co/LVdRSksA3u
— Adam Smith (@adam_smith1990) March 26, 2018
Matt Ritchie ruled out of Scotland match tomorrow.
Either great news or terrible news.#NUFC
— Burnsie ⚽ NUFC ⚽ (@BenArfaChance) March 26, 2018
This is why I hate international break.
— Helen Black (@helsblack) March 26, 2018
I’m sure Rafa will be pleased with Ritchie being injured in a needless friendly V Costa Rica… When can we just have tournament football and none of the pointless friendly breaks?
— TMW (@TilehurstsOwn) March 26, 2018
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