Newcastle’s De Jong set for lengthy injury lay off

Newcastle summer signing Siem de Jong looks likely to be out for a number of months after sustaining a thigh injury in training this week, the BBC has reported.

Siem de Jong

De Jong, who joined the club in July from Ajax for an undisclosed fee, injured his right thigh in a recent raining session and after being sent for scans it has been revealed the extent of his injury is worse than first feared.

It will be a personal blow to the Dutch man who has been struggling with injuries in recent years – sitting out much of Ajax’s last campaign through injury while he also missed a large chunk of preseason this summer with a foot complaint.

The injury leaves manager Alan Pardew with a real shortage upfront and will look towards fellow new recruits Ayoze Perez and Facundo Ferreyra to plug the hole behind new lone striker Emmanuel Riviere – while he loaned out Hatem Ben Arfa to Hull on deadline day.

Newcastle are yet to win a game this season and only managed to find the net for the first time in their third league outing against Crystal Palace.

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