Second Newcastle United star undergoes surgery – set to miss nine weeks after U-turn

Two Newcastle United players have undergone surgery this week.

Following shoulder surgery, Newcastle United winger Jacob Murphy will not be able to play until after the New Year.

Last month, the 28-year-old dislocated his shoulder in a Champions League home game against Borussia Dortmund before suffering the same injury 10 days later against Arsenal.

However, the winger’s shoulder popped out again just over 15 minutes after coming on as a substitute in Saturday’s win over Arsenal.

Murphy had surgery earlier this week, which will keep him out until the second week of January.

“He’s had surgery,” Howe confirmed ahead of tomorrow’s long trip to Bournemouth. He had non-invasive keyhole surgery on his shoulder, which should have resolved the issue. That will probably take about nine weeks.”

Murphy is the second player in nearly as many days to undergo surgery.

Matt Targett, who suffered a hamstring injury in last week’s 3-0 win over Manchester United, posted a photo from his hospital bed on Thursday.

“I’m still trying to wrap my head around the injury,” the left-back wrote on social media. I felt great going into the United game!! Strange injury to occur in the first few minutes of the game!

“Surgery went well yesterday so I’m on the mend. Determined to come back better than ever ”


A risk' - Newcastle United star reacts to injury that is set to rule him  out for three months


The former Aston Villa man is expected to be out for three months, leaving Lewis Hall as Newcastle’s only recognised left-back, with Dan Burn out for a similar period due to a back problem.

Meanwhile, Howe confirmed that no decision has been made regarding Sven Botman possibly undergoing surgery as well.

Due to a knee injury, the Dutchman has not played since scoring his first Newcastle goal in an 8-0 win over Sheffield United in September.

He was recently back on the grass, but it is feared that he will require surgery if the problem persists.

“No massive news on Sven – he is progressing well, (and) he has been away in Holland getting specialist treatment,” Howe said. “I think he’s back here today so I will chat with him and see how he is getting on.”

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