Fabian Schar won't play again this season after tearing knee ligaments against Southampton

Newcastle United have suffered another injury blow to their defensive ranks, after Fabian Schar’s knee injury was confirmed to be season-ending.

The Swiss defender has torn knee ligaments after attempting to follow up his own free kick during the 3-2 win over Southampton at the weekend, and it could be the last time he is seen in a Newcastle shirt.

Schar is out of contract at the end of the season, and with no extension on offer as yet, the former Deportivo La Coruna centre-back could be looking for a new club when he makes a full recovery.

The injury is set to keep him out for between two and three months, and the 29-year-old has already targeted this summer’s European Championships as a potential return date, as he looks to add to his 57 caps.

Schar’s injury leaves Newcastle with just one fit centre-back at the minute, with Jamaal Lascelles, Federico Fernandez, and Ciaran Clark all missing the win over Southampton for various reasons.

Clark is expected to be available for next Monday’s game against Chelsea after missing the weekend as his partner was in labour, and Fernandez isn’t far from fitness either, which should ease Steve Bruce’s headache. Isaac Hayden and Paul Dummett finished the game against Southampton as a makeshift partnership, while Florian Lejeune is out on loan at Deportivo Alaves without a recall option.

With two wins in their last three games, the Geordies will be hoping the news doesn’t derail their new found form too much, with Callum Wilson and Javier Manquillo also going off in the first half against the Saints, and facing spells on the sidelines too.

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