Longstaff's season seemingly over
Newcastle have revealed that in-form midfielder Sean Longstaff is set to miss the rest of the season due to a knee ligament issue.
The 21-year-old was withdrawn at half-time during the Magpies 2-0 defeat at West Ham last weekend after complaining of pain in his knee, although boss Rafael Benitez was initially optimistic that he would not be sidelined for too long.
However, Longstaff has since undergone tests to uncover the extent of the injury, with Newcastle confirming on Thursday morning that the academy graduate is unlikely to feature again this season.
A club statement read: "Newcastle United can confirm midfielder Sean Longstaff is likely to miss the remainder of the 2018/19 season with a knee ligament injury."
Longstaff's absence will come as a huge blow to Newcastle, as he has impressed since establishing himself in the first-team at the turn of the year.
The former Blackpool loanee has featured 13 times across all competitions this season and he is currently in the running to be named the Premier League’s Player of the Month for February.
Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.