Aleksandar Mitrovic may very well be out of action for “a couple of weeks” soon after sustaining a medial ligament injury.
Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic could face a spell around the sidelines soon after picking up a knee ligament injury.
The Serbian didn’t travel with the Premier League squad for any warm-weather coaching camp in La Manga and head coach Steve McClaren confirmed he will need to have “a couple of weeks” to recover.
“He’s got a knee injury,” McClaren told nufcTV, as he prepares his group to get a friendly game with Lillestrom this weekend.
“We’re only bringing players here who can essentially train over the next 4 days, and play within the game on Saturday.
“Mitro features a medial ligament injury, so it might be a couple of weeks – we’re hoping not also long.”
The news comes as a blow for any Newcastle side who remain in the relegation zone following their 5-1 thrashing by champions Chelsea last week.
McClaren hopes to work with the coming days to enhance the morale of his squad before they resume their Premier League survival battle with a trip to Stoke City on March two.
“It’s important to come right here and be with each other and around each other right after the disappointment of your weekend,” he stated.
“The previous week, we had a great week and every person was buoyant. All of a sudden, you drop at Chelsea and you are back down once more.
“It’s one particular step forward and two or 3 back. We made three undesirable blunders within the 1st 15 minutes and also you can’t do that against Chelsea. They punished us and it was hard to come back.
“So we’ve got to gather our forces once more and play like we’ve got performed against the likes of West Ham, West Brom and Manchester United at home, and get back to that form.”