Newcastle Injury woes: Midfielder set to miss out on first half of the season

Eddie Howe's concern

Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is reportedly out for the first half of the season. Shelvey underwent hamstring surgery. Shelvey is now expected to miss around 12 weeks until November. Newcastle’s last match before the World Cup window is on the 12th of November against Chelsea. The blow came during Newcastle’s pre-season game against Benfica. Following further assessments, he was sent for surgery. The Magpies will have to be extra careful, considering it is a severe hamstring issue. Players tend to have repercussions if rushed back without proper rest.

Shelvey was an essential player for Newcastle last term, with the playmaker playing 24 matches in the league. He did, however, miss the last few games with a calf issue. Bruno Guimaraes filled the midfield trio with Joelinton and Willock in the season opener against Nottingham Forest.

Preparation for the New Season for Newcastle

Eddie Howe continues to build a competitive team after the big money takeover by Saudi Public Investment Firm and partners. Instead of choosing to throw out money for big signings, Howe has signed players that fit into his style of play. Since the takeover, the Magpies have splashed out around 160 million pounds in signings.

The Magpies have signed Nick Pope, Sven Botman, and Matt Targett in the current transfer window. Newcastle also had two bids rejected by Leicester for English midfielder James Maddison. Leicester is expecting around 60 million pounds to let Maddison leave. According to Fabrizio Romano, Newcastle is set to return with another improved offer.  Eddie Howe believes the player is the missing piece in his offensive line. Harry Kane is the only English player to have more goal involvements than Maddison in 2022 in the League. This would surely be the statement signing from Newcastle.

All eyes will be on how Eddie manages the side to fight for the European spots this season.

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