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Newcastle suffer Federico Fernandez injury blow before Liverpool

Newcastle United have suffered a major injury blow over Federico Fernandez ahead of their Premier League clash against Liverpool on Thursday night.

What’s the story?

Eddie Howe’s side take on the Reds at Anfield looking to bounce back from their resounding 4-0 defeat against Leicester last weekend, but will have to do so without the services of Fernandez.

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Writing on Twitter, Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie said: “Federico Fernandez has a thigh injury and will miss the next couple of weeks for Newcastle. Eddie Howe doesn’t expect to be able to to select the defender over the festive period.”

Big miss for Newcastle

The Argentine has played just the seven times for the Magpies in the Premier League this season, and was named only on the bench against Leicester in the Tyneside club’s previous outing.

Last season, as per Whoscored, Fernandez was the club’s best performing centre-back via average match rating, and it was no surprise that he earned rave reviews for his performances.

Naming him as his player of the year for Newcastle in December 2020, The Athletic’s Chris Waugh said: “Federico Fernandez, the immovable object at the heart of Newcastle’s defence, deserves this accolade due to his consistent excellence. He is never flashy, but the 31-year-old is one of the few dependable performers – goalkeepers Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow also made this imaginary shortlist – and embodies the admirable resilience of this side.

“He may not offer a highlight reel of pyrotechnics like Saint-Maximin, but Newcastle fans take just as much pleasure out of watching compilations of Fernandez’s tackles, headers, interceptions and blocks as they do their forwards’ goals.”

With the Christmas schedule set to take its toll, Fernandez picking up a muscle injury is a very bad sign of what could potentially happen to the Magpies – even more so when you consider the fact they’re in a perilous relegation battle.

The last thing Howe needs is players dropping out with injuries just when he needs them, and with games against Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United all before the New Year, he can’t afford to lose any more.

Magpies fans will surely be gutted with the latest injury news on Fernandez.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have made an enquiry for this star…

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