NEWCASTLE UNITED have been hit by a triple injury blow – with Callum Wilson, Fabian Schar and Javier Manquillo all facing up to two months on the sidelines.

Schar has had surgery to repair his medial knee ligaments, while Manquillo damaged his ankle ligaments in last weekend’s win over Southampton.

Wilson damaged his hamstrings in the same game, and while it had initially been hoped the striker had only sustained mild damage, scans have revealed a much more serious issue.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said: “Callum has had a tear to his hamstring, and that could be six to eight weeks. We had a really fantastic victory (last weekend), but the aftermath has really blighted us.

“We hoped it was a grade one, which would have been two or three weeks, but unfortunately it’s worse than that. We’ll have to be without him for the best part of six to eight weeks. It’s a bad tear on his hamstring, which is devastating news for all of us.

“Hopefully Fabian won’t be out for the whole of the season, but he’s not going to be far off. He’s had an operation on his ligament in his knee. Knowing the way Fab is, he’ll try everything he possibly can to get himself fit because of the Euros as well. He’s had the operation on Tuesday – it’s eight weeks maybe.

“Manquillo did his ankle ligaments as well, and he could be the same length of time. It’s going to be at least six weeks for him too.

“You can never put a precise time scale on these things, but we’re in the middle of February now, so with all three of them, it’s probably going to be April time before we see them.”