Newcastle United’s bad injury luck seems to be going nowhere with the latest development nearly assuring Joelinton will be ruled out for the remainder of the season with a groin injury that most probably requires season-ending surgery.
Joelinton, 27 years old, is seemingly against going under the knife but he’s expected to undergo surgery eventually in the next few days or weeks if only to avoid career-threatening setbacks in the future.
The Brazilian midfielder, who is likely to miss the rest of the season, suffered the injury in the third-round FA Cup match between Newcastle and Sunderland that saw the Magpies beat their derby opponents 3-0 at the start of January.
It’s believed that Joelinton’s injury will force the club to reassess its January transfer plans, potentially spending money in reinforcements for the midfield line or at least exploring the market for potential loan options.
The absence of other prominent players such as fellow midfielders Sandro Tonali (serving a 10-month ban) and Joe Willock (out with an Achilles injury) only exacerbates the situation. Elliot Anderson is also recovering from a back fracture, and Bruno Guimarães is one booking away from a two-game suspension after accumulating 10 yellow cards, which means NUFC’s midfield is barebones right now with the likes of Sean Longstaf and Lewis Miley carrying a huge load.
According to the latest reports, Newcastle is looking at potential sales next summer while manager Eddie Howe is keen of bolstering the squad in January albeit he knows it’s going to be very hard to pull off any substantial transaction.
Bruno Guimaraes, Alexander Isak, or Sven Botman are expected to be sold next July, and for now, Howe has recalled Isaac Hayden from a loan at Standard Liege although it’s believed NUFC plans to send him on loan to a Championship club rather than reintegrating him into the first team.
Howe is also interested in acquiring Kalvin Phillips on loan from Manchester City. However, City’s demand for a £7m loan fee and an obligation to buy Phillips for £40m next summer has been rejected by Newcastle’s ownership due to financial constraints now and going forward.
Adding wood to Newcastle’s fire, it was reported yesterday that Yasir Al-Rumayyan, the president of the club following the PIF takeover of NUFC back in Oct. 2021, is facing legal challenges.
According to The Athletic, the chairman is accused in legal documents of executing the orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) with the intent to harm the family of Dr. Saad Aljabri, a former Saudi intelligence chief.
These allegations raise questions about the ownership of Newcastle United. The English Premier League approved the PIF takeover after receiving assurances of a separation between the club and the Saudi state, though the level of this separation has been a subject of scrutiny, especially considering MBS’s role as the chairman of the board of PIF.