Injuries compound Newcastle's troubles in defeat at Dortmund.

Newcastle, England – October 25 – Newcastle United’s first Champions League loss since their return to the competition has raised concerns due to injuries. Manager Eddie Howe expressed his frustration after the 1-0 defeat against Borussia Dortmund in the rain-soaked St James’ Park on Wednesday.

The defeat puts Newcastle in a challenging position as they now face a tough battle to progress from Group F. Nevertheless, they still hold a decent position with four points from three games, the same as Dortmund.

However, the injuries to forwards Alexander Isak and Jacob Murphy are of even greater concern to Howe. Isak, from Sweden, was forced to leave the field after just 15 minutes and was replaced by Callum Wilson. Murphy, who came on as a substitute, also endured an injury, landing awkwardly on his shoulder and having to leave the pitch shortly thereafter.

With a busy schedule ahead, Howe is worried that his squad’s depth may be tested. He commented, “Isak’s early exit was a setback, and Jacob’s injury appears to be quite serious. Our squad is already small, and that’s perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the night. It seems like a recurrence of Isak’s groin issue, which is a significant setback, and Jacob’s injury looks serious, possibly a shoulder dislocation.”

Howe also confirmed that midfielder Elliot Anderson missed the game due to a back problem, and he anticipates that Anderson will be sidelined for several weeks.

Newcastle’s next challenge is an away game against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Saturday.”

Reference

https://www.reuters.com/sports/soccer/injuries-add-newcastle-woes-dortmund-loss-2023-10-25/

https://www.springer.com/journal/40279

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