Newcastle United have suffered a fresh injury blow, with Matt Ritchie set to miss at least two months of the season with a shoulder injury suffered in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Sunday.
Ritchie fell awkwardly during the game and was taken off after 69 minutes, and Steve Bruce has confirmed the versatile 31-year-old will need surgery.
Bruce compared the injury to the one Fabian Schar suffered at the end of last season, with the shoulder joint being disrupted upon impact. Schar has spent nine weeks on the sidelines but is now back in light training ahead of a return to play.
Ritchie’s injury should confirm that he will stay with Newcastle after a summer which has seen him linked with a return to former club Bournemouth. Manager Jason Tindall wanted Ritchie back at the club but it’s reported that an agreement on personal terms couldn’t be reached.
There’s possibly good news for Ryan Fraser in all of this though, as it gives Ritchie the chance to work on his cooking skills. The pair are currently living together as the new signing searches for a house in the Newcastle area, and told the club that he is the house chef, with Ritchie taking on the role of cleaner.
Maybe Ritchie will resemble Gordon Ramsay even more when he recovers from injury.