Newcastle United’s midfielder, Joelinton, experienced a home burglary while the Magpies were facing Manchester City at St James’ Park on Saturday evening. The Brazilian player received a notification during the match about the break-in at his Northumbria residence. Authorities were immediately alerted and dispatched to the scene, although the intruders had already fled upon their arrival.
Joelinton, who is injured, was attending the game with his house empty throughout the match. That injury, most worryingly, has taken a turn for the absolute worst.
On Monday, ESPN reported that Joelinton might have to undergo season-ending surgery to fix his thigh issues now and importantly going forward, as it seems like his injury could turn into a recurrent one during the remainder of his career if he forfeits surgery.
Joelinton suffered the injury in Newcastle’s 3-0 victory over Sunderland on January 6 and was initially given an approximate recovery timeline of about six weeks. Further explorations, however, have indicated that surgery might be necessary to prevent recurring issues, potentially extending his absence to four months if he goes under the knife next.
Joelinton is reportedly against undergoing surgery, which might create a little war between him and the club’s medical staff. This season, the Brazilian has appeared in 23 games for Newcastle scoring three goals and providing four assists.
The decision regarding surgery will be crucial for the team assuming he is fit to play if he decides to not undergo it. If he skips it only to return in a month and then suffers a setback, however, that could be an absolute disaster as he would miss the season anyone while also putting the longevity of his career in danger of getting vastly shortened with potentially recurrent problems down the line.
This story will be updated if/when Newcastle and/or Joelinton share any official information about what’s next for the player.