Despite initial fears following his withdrawal from Scotland’s squad to face Hungary, Matt Ritchie’s groin is NOT believed to be serious according to the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder.
The Newcastle winger played 87 minutes in Scotland’s 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica last week and it was confirmed on Monday that he’d bee forced to withdraw from the group travelling to face Hungary today.
He’s since returned to Tyneside, and while further tests will need to be done to determine whether he’s fit enough to face Huddersfield on Saturday, it’s been confirmed that his groin injury is not serious:
Matt Ritchie injury not believed to be serious. However, Ritchie faces further assessment today at the club’s training ground after withdrawal from Scotland squad to face Hungary. #nufc
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) March 27, 2018
This comes as good news for us NUFC fans, with Ritchie having played a big part in our last two home victories over Man Utd and Southampton – scoring in each despite his rotten luck in front of goal this season.
We don’t yet know if he’ll be fit enough to face Huddersfield in four days time, but it’s a relief to hear his injury shouldn’t keep him out for any length of time.