According to Lee Ryder, the ‘word from Holland’ is that Jetro Willems is out for the rest of the season, with the 25-year-old believed to have suffered cruciate damage.
With torn ligaments reported, it’s suggested in his homeland that he’s now set for between 6-9 months on the sidelines.
This comes after the left-back was stretchered off during Saturday night’s 1-0 win over Chelsea, with Steve Bruce fearing ‘cruciate’ damage following his tangle with Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Just over 24 hours on, it seems his worst fears may have been realised, with the latest reports on his injury suggesting he has suffered serious damage to his knee:
It’s a devastating blow for both Willems and Newcastle United if true, with the Dutchman having done a brilliant job at left wing-back all season.
It also means he may not play for the club again given his loan deal expires this summer – however Newcastle must surely still look into signing him on a permanent deal given how good he’s been?
That’s something we must revisit over the summer, but for now it seems likely we look at signing another left-back on a temporary deal in the final 12 days that remain of the window.
Fortunately Matt Ritchie is back, but with his recent injury in mind and our lack of depth down that left-hand side, we may need to sign another in the coming week or two.
Get well soon, Jetro!