The Daily Mail’s Craig Hope claims Fabian Schar’s knee injury is “not too serious” – despite initial fears he’d suffered ‘knee ligament damage’.
This comes after a Thursday morning announcement confirmed the Swiss star was out of Sunday’s crucial clash with Wolves.
That in itself was a big enough blow, with the centre-back undoubtedly one of our most influential players, but the fact the severity of his knee injury was initially unknown was an even bigger concern moving forward.
Thankfully, North East reporter Craig Hope is now suggesting the injury is not serious – news that will come as a huge relief on Tyneside:
The same also seems to apply to Andy Carroll, who will also sit out of Sunday’s game.
He suffered a groin injury at Chelsea last weekend and could be out for ‘a week or two’ according to reports, but his problem is also not deemed to be serious.
The fact he’s now picked up more injuries (one) than starts (zero) since returning to St James’ Park isn’t ideal, especially when he was in contention to play a big part on Sunday, however it’s reassuring to hear that it’s NOT his ankle that has flared up – something the club have been monitoring closely after reconstructive surgery on it earlier this year.
With us now entering a crucial period of winnable games against Wolves, West Ham and Bournemouth, let’s hope both Schar and Carroll really aren’t out for long, being two players who can help us greatly at both ends of the pitch.