Newcastle defender Mike Williamson looks set to be out for the rest of the season after breaking his arm during a training session.
Williamson will miss games against Chelsea, West Brom and this Saturday’s match up with Birmingham City.
Steven Taylor is the most likely candidate to replace Williamson in the Newcastle squad, after the defender recovered from a hamstring injury and fought his way back into the starting line up.
Newcastle will take some solace in the fact that they look set to be safe this season, and won’t be desperately needing Williamson’s services as they look to stay in the Barclays Premier League for their first season since being relegated.
Williamson will be having an operation this afternoon, and the full extent of the Newcastle defender’s injury will be known afterwards, though pre season training is looking a likely option for his return.
In other injury news for Newcastle, Alan Pardew has said that Hatem Ben Arfa will not be making a comeback this season after a setback in training.
"We think that [Ben Arfa playing this season]'s probably not going to happen now. He's had a little setback," Pardew said.
"That's what happens when you come back from that sort of injury, so I think that's unlikely."