Medical expert: Ryan Fraser injury 'worse than we thought' after Newcastle latest
Ryan Fraser may have suffered a grade two hamstring injury – a problem which is more serious than Newcastle United initially hoped.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Fraser, 28, has not featured since he was forced off in the Magpies’ 1-0 win over Wolves last month (8 April).
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe initially suggested that the winger would be absent for no more than two weeks.
But as quoted by Chronicle Live last Friday (29 April), the manager revealed that he “not sure” whether Fraser will play again this season.
Dinnery assessed why the former Bournemouth man has not yet returned.
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“Howe always maintained that the setback for Fraser is only a minor issue,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“But if we are calling into question whether he might be out for the season, that might mean it is actually a more serious grade two problem.
“In the grand scheme of things it isn’t too major but it is worse than we thought and enough to keep him out for a few weeks.
“But Newcastle are safe and don’t really have anything to play for. There is no need to take any chances with any player but particularly Fraser.
“His hamstring problems go back to the beginning of December. He’s had tightness and cramping.
“So it’s about addressing those problems and making sure he is fully ready when he does come back.”
Fraser has scored two goals and supplied three assists in 28 appearances this season.
His Newcastle side are 10th in the league with three games to play.