The worst possible news got confirmed by the very own Eddie Howe yesterday as the Newcastle gaffer said that Emil Krafth has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Krafth is now expected to miss multiple months after undergoing surgery and going through an ample recovery process.
After a few days, Krafth made it public that the injury happened against Tranmere in the Magpies clash with the lower-division side last Wednesday as part of the Carabao Cup.
On top of Krafth’s late injury, Newcastle is going to face top-tier teams in the next few days—starting with Liverpool this Wednesday—while carrying a few more injured players, namely striker Callum Wilson and midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.
Wilson, who got injured against Manchester City a week ago, left the pitch around the 70th minute of playing time with a hamstring issue and is expected to miss a few weeks. Wilson was already left out of the squad facing Tranmere mid-week last week for the cup match, and also sat out yesterday’s game against Wolverhampton. He is expected to miss a couple of weeks while recovering, a problem lessened by the addition of Alexander Isak to the team ahead of last weekend.
Finally, Bruno didn’t even make the squad that faced Wolves last Sunday, entirely missing the fourth game of the Premier League season. He joined Jonjo Shelvey, Matt Targett, Krafth, and Wilson on the sidelines. Bruno, though, is expected not to miss much time although Eddie Howe made it clear yesterday that “Liverpool might be too soon” for a comeback.
The abundance of injuries in such a short span of time, paired with the fact that the transfer market will remain open for a few more days (deadline on midnight Thursday), has Howe and the rest of the Magpies' brass brains thinking about potential reinforcements to make up for the lack of players available outside of the clear-cut starting XI.
Speaking of further signings, Howe said on Sunday that “[Newcastle] will have a look, count the bodies, see who we have fit, and then make a decision on whether we go into the market.” It’s a clear sign of the lack of depth and the concerns Howe has regarding the rotation of players he will inevitably have to work around in future weeks and months with Shelvey and Krafth—for now—expected to remain out until the flip of the 2022 calendar page at the very least.