Premier League outfit Newcastle United have, on Monday, been dealt an altogether untimely blow on the personnel front.
The player in line for a spell on the sidelines? Jonjo Shelvey.
Midfielder Shelvey, of course, was forced to sit out Newcastle’s season opener this past weekend, when Eddie Howe’s troops picked up where they left off last time out courtesy of a 2-0 downing of Nottingham Forest.
At the time, it was altogether unclear, though, just how serious the former Liverpool man’s issue was.
As per a report from Craig Hope of the Daily Mail, Shelvey is now set for a spell of around 12 weeks out of action.
This comes after the midfielder was forced to undergo hamstring surgery in London over the weekend.
His return to competitive action, as a result, is unlikely to come until late November, when the Premier League kicks back into gear on the back of the Qatar World Cup.
Owing to the club’s latest blow on the fitness front, Newcastle could now dip back into the market for reinforcements in the middle of the park.
This comes with Shelvey having been expected to act as a starter in Eddie Howe’s engine room moving forward, alongside Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton.