Newcastle United secured another win in the Premier League on Friday night after their 1-0 victory over Wolves at St James’ Park.
A second half penalty scored by Chris Wood was enough to seal all three points for the Toon as they seek to end the season as far away from the relegation zone as they can.
However, the night ended with one disappointing factor for the home side which came during the early stages of the match that could now be a cause for concern.
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With just 13 minutes on the clock, Newcastle were forced into an early substitution after Ryan Fraser picked up a suspected injury, leaving Miguel Almiron to come on in his place.
Speaking after the match, Magpies manager Eddie Howe said on the matter: “It looks like a hamstring issue. I don’t know how serious it is, but it was obviously enough to bring him off the pitch today, which is a huge blow with the form that he’s been in.”
Bad news for Howe
Since Howe took charge of Newcastle in November, Fraser has been a regular figure in the team, scoring two goals and providing three assists in the process. This shows just how important the winger is for Howe, who will be gutted by this latest injury blow, particularly with the likes of Callum Wilson and Kieran Tripper having already incurred long-term setbacks.
Having played in a number of different positions across the pitch in the current campaign campaign, Fraser’s versatility and his knack for scoring and creating goals will also be a loss for the team.
Would Ryan Fraser be a big miss for Newcastle?
With the Scotsman having racked up more shots on target and key passes than Almiron, who may now find himself included in the team more often depending on the severity of Fraser’s injury, it’s safe to say that the former Bournemouth maestro will be a big miss for the Magpies.
With seven games left to play in 2021/22, everyone at St James’ Park will undoubtedly be hoping that the 28-year-old’s injury is not a serious one and that he will be able to get back out on the pitch at some point before the campaign draws to an end.