Newcastle’s Anthony Gordon looks to have avoided serious ankle injury but unlikely to play this weekend


Newcastle United’s Anthony Gordon looks to have avoided serious ankle damage with his injury far better than first feared.

The 22-year-old was taken off at half-time of Newcastle’s 4-4 draw against Luton Town on Saturday after rolling his right ankle, and later left St James’ Park on crutches and wearing a protective boot.

After undergoing scans, Newcastle are confident that Gordon’s ankle issue is not a significant injury, though Saturday’s match at Nottingham Forest is likely to come too soon for a return. Following that game, Newcastle have a further week’s break before hosting Bournemouth on February 17.

According to head coach Eddie Howe, it was Gordon’s decision to come off, after the winger was unable to shed the pain at half-time.

Newcastle have been blighted by injury this season with Joelinton, Nick Pope, Alexander Isak, and Joe Willock all currently unfit.

Gordon has been arguably Newcastle’s most important player this season, scoring seven goals and providing eight assists — both career highs. Hi is also firmly in England manager Gareth Southgate’s thinking ahead of this summer’s European Championship.

Gordon’s injury could mean a first start for Harvey Barnes since the 26-year-old suffered his own injury at Sheffield United in September. Barnes made a goalscoring return off the bench with his 73rd-minute equaliser in the Luton game.

Newcastle are ninth in the Premier League table but are only five points behind Manchester United in sixth.

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