Eddie Howe has been dealt another injury blow as Isaac Hayden uploaded a troubling picture on his Instagram.
Hayden – who missed the 1-1 draw with Man Utd through suspension – posted a picture of his knee all strapped up in a hospital bed last night.
The Telegraph’s Mike McGrath has since confirmed that he underwent knee operation yesterday at private hospital in London, stating that a procedure was needed after playing through the pain in recent weeks.
The Athletic have also offered an update, claiming that the 26-year-old will be missing for the next two months as he recovers from the op.
Hayden joins a growing injury list, with Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin and Ryan Fraser all suffering injuries on Monday night, with Federico Fernandez and Jamal Lewis already ruled out for the next few weeks.
Our January plans are likely to have been complicated in recent days as a hunt for a striker is also a priority alongside the obvious need to strengthen the defence.
Central midfield is another position that has been earmarked as a weak link by Toon fans. Hayden is our only defensive option in the engine room and signing a heavyweight holding midfielder should also be added to the wish list.
You can’t help but think that any player who suffers a lengthy injury now risks their entire Tyneside career.
If the club signs a top-class replacement and strengthens in January it will be hard for anyone to get back into Eddie Howe’s plans.