Harvey Barnes will be out for three months due to an ankle injury, according to Newcastle United.
The 25-year-old sustained the injury during last weekend’s 8-0 win over Sheffield United, and was forced to leave the game 11 minutes in.
Although Barnes will not require surgery, he is expected to be sidelined for an extended amount of time and is unlikely to play again this year.
“Harvey is going to be out for around three months,” manager Eddie Howe stated on Friday. “Although no surgery is required, his foot is now in a boot.” He has an injury beneath his toe and has begun his recuperation. He’ll be sedated for a while, we’ll give him every chance to heal. We’ll have to gradually build him back up.
“It came at an inconvenient time for Harvey and us, because he was just getting into his stride.”
He had an excellent preseason and was getting to know his teammates, so losing him for an extended length of time is disappointing.
Harvey Barnes | Newcastle manager Eddie Howe reports to the media on defender
“I’ve spoken with him; he’s a very stable, level-headed young man with a great personality.” He’s upset and frustrated since he wanted to show everyone what he could achieve and contribute here.
I always try to find the positives in these situations; he’s just recently become a new dad for the first time, which is a huge step in his life; he’ll have more time to spend with his family and settle down in that part of his life, and then it’ll come around quickly and he’ll be ready to make an impact with us.
“It isn’t a fracture.” I’m not sure what medical phrase to use. It’s a unique injury, and we’re not sure how it happened, but it’s just one of those things that happens from time to time. You could see by the way he went down that he knew he had a problem right away.”
Barnes has made seven appearances in all competitions since joining from Leicester City in the summer. He has scored one goal and contributing one assist.