NEWCASTLE – Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce believes Jetro Willems could face a long spell on the sidelines after the Dutch defender suffered a serious injury against Chelsea in the Premier League.
Willems, who is on a season-long loan from Eintracht Frankfurt, was carried off on a stretcher in the first half of Newcastle's 1-0 win on Saturday, and Bruce fears he has suffered cruciate ligament damage.
The injury leaves Bruce short on the left side of the defence, having lost Paul Dummett to a hamstring problem last weekend.
"It looks a horrendous injury for Jetro, which is a big blow to us," Bruce said.
"We fear it's his cruciate. We're due a bit of luck. I've never known anything quite like it over the last few weeks so we're due.