Newcastle United will be without winger Ryan Fraser for the game on Wednesday night against Crystal Palace.
The latest update has been relayed by journalist Lee Ryder on Tuesday following Eddie Howe’s pre-game press conference ahead of the game at St James’ Park.
Will Fraser be a big miss?
Fraser was sidelined for the victory on the weekend against Leicester City, having suffered a hamstring injury in the game prior against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
And Ryder has confirmed the Scotsman is now set to undergo another scan on the hamstring issue, which puts his return date under serious scrutiny.
Miguel Almiron featured in Fraser’s place on the weekend against the Foxes and it was apparent the Paraguayan impressed Ryder, who awarded the 28-year-old with a 7/10 rating on his return to the XI.
Thankfully for the Toon, their Premier League status is all but confirmed having pulled 12 points clear of 18th spot, but it seems a return for Fraser in the final six games could be under threat:
Ryder said: “In terms of injuries, Ryan Fraser will be missing again. He’s going to seek a specialist opinion on his hamstring after the initial scan last week. So a second scan for him.”
TIF Thoughts on Ryder’s comments…
This will likely come as a big disappointment for all on Tyneside, with Fraser having played a big role in Howe’s XI in recent months.
Fraser, who is valued at £9 million (as per Transfermarkt), has been able to provide two goals and two assists in the Premier League since February, having started 16 of his 18 league appearances since Howe arrived (via Transfermarkt).
Although this will be a blow, the Toon’s new lease of confidence under Howe has shown they can cope with setbacks, and that is evident from the six points gained in the last two games without Fraser.