By Ben Dinnery

6th Oct, 2021 | 4:00pm

Injury expert: This is when Willock will make Newcastle comeback after 'very, very painful' update

Joe Willock should be fit to play for Newcastle United immediately after the international break.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Willock, a £25million summer signing from Arsenal, was forced off 35 minutes into the Magpies’ eventual 2-1 defeat to Wolves on 2 October.

Manager Steve Bruce revealed later that evening that the midfielder had taken a “knock to his hip”, as quoted by the Shields Gazette.

Bruce confirmed that the 22-year-old would be sent for a scan during the international break to assess the damage.

Willock played 83 minutes in the previous weekend’s clash with Watford despite Bruce’s pre-match claims that he would be absent with a toe injury.

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And Dinnery anticipates that Willock will defy the odds again and be fit in time for Newcastle’s meeting with Tottenham on 17 October.

“Fingers crossed, this will not be very serious,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“It was just the impact on the point of that hip. It can be very, very painful with the bruising around there.

“That can restrict mobility and movement, which we saw when he was unable to continue against Wolves.

“But I’m pretty confident those scans will come back as nothing too serious.

“In the next few days, he will loosen up. Hopefully, we will see him back on the training pitches and ready in time for game week eight.”

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