Eddie Howe has revealed Newcastle United will be without Joe Willock for another six weeks with the midfielder suffering a fresh injury.
The Magpies have been without the former Arsenal man since May after he sustained a hamstring injury during a 4-1 win against Brighton and Hove Albion at St James’ Park.
He was initially due to return in pre-season but suffered a setback. United hoped to have Willock available after the international break but Howe has revealed that won’t be the case.
Asked by NewcastleWorld if Willock would resume training next week. Howe said: “No unfortunately not. Joe’s had a bit of a setback with an Achilles injury. It’s not related to his hamstring problem so I think he’ll be missing for around six weeks.”
Howe says Willock was missed as his side suffered a 3-1 loss at Brighton tonight following Evan Ferguson’s hat-trick.
“I think it’s in its infancy, that has to be noted,” Howe said when questioned about the midfield three of Sandro Tonali, Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton.
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“I don’t think that’s necessarily a criticism of any one of those players but it’s a new-look midfield and that takes time to build the relationships where it’s automatic.
“Individually they’re all top, top players. We’re missing Joe Willock who’s a big miss in terms of energy. Joey declared himself fit yesterday but was not at 100 per-cent with the knee problem he had. There are mitigating circumstances.”