Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles to miss rest of 2019 with knee injury

Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles to miss rest of 2019 with knee injury

Jamaal Lascelles sustained a knee injury against Bournemouth.

Thus, he will not play for Newcastle United again until 2020.

Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has been ruled out for the rest of 2019 with a knee injury. The centre-back was hurt during the 2-1 Premier League win over Bournemouth at St James’ Park last Saturday.

Newcastle confirmed on Thursday that Lascelles will not play again until the new year. The 26-year-old has played in all 12 of Newcastle’s league games this season and scored in the 1-1 draw with Wolves on October 27.

He will now miss matches against Aston Villa, Manchester City, Sheffield United, Southampton, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Manchester United and Everton. Steve Bruce’s side begin 2020 at home to Leicester City on January 1 and head to Wolves on January 11, after the third round of FA Cup matches.

This is a big blow for Steve Bruce‘s side, who despite all of the offseason gloom have won their last two Premier League games to push themselves up to 13th in the table and they’re just two points off fifth place. Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandez will have to step things up in Lascelles’ absence, while Paul Dummett is likely to come in for Lascelles. Fellow center back Fabian Schar is set to return from injury soon, while Florian Lejuene remains a long-term absentee 

Aside from Lascelles’ ability as a defender, he galvanizes this entire Newcastle side and his leadership qualities will be missed during a pivotal stretch of the season. Lascelles has been at the heart of the 3-5-2 system used by Bruce, as the ultra-defensive style of play has led Newcastle to shock 1-0 wins against Tottenham and Manchester United.

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