Newcastle United have been hit with a fresh injury setback over winger Ryan Fraser ahead of their clash with Crystal Palace…
Magpies boss Eddie Howe has revealed that the Scotland international has to have another scan on his blow to determine the severity of it after an inconclusive first assessment.
Fraser was absent from the matchday squad as the club beat Leicester 2-1, thanks to two goals from Bruno Guimaraes, in the Premier League on Sunday.
Journalist Jordan Cronin Tweeted: “Potential setback for Ryan Fraser, who is going for another scan on his hamstring this week. Eddie Howe: “We had an initial scan and had two conflicting opinions, so we’re re-scanning.”
This update will surely leave the St. James’ Park faithful gutted as Fraser being out is a big blow for the Toon, given his form earlier this year.
He managed two goals and two assists in his last ten matches for the club, with Newcastle only losing three of those games, as he showcased his quality in the final third. The attacker’s last match came in the 1-0 win over Wolves and it now remains to be seen how long he will be out for, which is a setback for the Magpies because of the goal contributions he was popping up with.
Miguel Almiron is Howe’s alternative option on the right wing and he has been nowhere near good enough this season to be relied upon as a regular starter. In 24 appearances, including 14 starts, he has failed to provide a single goal or assist in the Premier League as he has been unable to make a positive impact at the top end of the pitch.
He works hard for the team and does average 2.2 tackles and interceptions per game, which shows that he offers defensive protection to his full-back, but he is in the side to deliver in the opposition’s box and he has been poor in that regard.
His poor statistics in the top-flight suggest that he is not up to the standard required to adequately replace Fraser in the starting XI. The Scot has been able to chip in with goals and assists and this means that he offers a greater threat in attack, which is why fans will be gutted with this worrying update as it remains to be seen when he will be able to return.