Medical expert reveals extent of Joe Willock's long-term condition after Newcastle United update
Newcastle United do not need to worry that Joe Willock is struggling with a long-running tendonitis condition.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Willock, 22, has missed the Magpies’ last two matches and is not expected to return for the season closer against Burnley on Sunday (22 May).
The midfielder is currently sidelined with a knee problem that also caused him to miss single games against Chelsea in mid-March and Wolves in mid-April.
As quoted by club media last Thursday (12 May), Eddie Howe revealed that Willock has been struggling with an “issue with a tendon in his knee for a while.”
The former Arsenal man has had several injections to relieve pain in the problem area.
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But Dinnery does not anticipate that his issues will spill over into pre-season ahead of 2022-23.
“The first thing you think with this one is that it is an overuse issue,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“These types of problems respond really well to lowering the load. They just need rest.
“Most players will be managing some sort of tendonitis issue at this stage of the season given the physical demands of the game. They can then ease back after the season and in pre-season.
“The majority of players will be fine. There is nothing to suggest that this will cause problems next season. They will just hope that Willock responds well.
“There are no guarantees but we are fairly hopeful that he will be okay.”
Willock has scored twice in 31 appearances in his first full season at St James’ Park.
Newcastle could finish anywhere between 9th and 14th.