Newcastle United are the walking wounded after Thursday night’s incredible victory over Brighton.

The Magpies won 4-1 at St James’ Park to move within three points of Champions League qualification. However, the victory came at a price.

Joe Willock was forced off early in the second half with a hamstring problem. He appeared to be in severe pain when he went down, and indicated that he needed to go off straight away. That led to the introduction of Elliot Anderson.

It would be a surprise if we see Willock play again this season due to injury, and Eddie Howe has another midfielder whose fitness he is sweating on ahead of Monday’s game against Leicester City.

Eddie Howe provides Joelinton injury update

After the win over Brighton, Howe spoke to NUFC TV. He was asked to provide an injury update on Joe Willock and Joelinton, who also limped off. The Brazilian went down multiple times in the second half, and was withdrawn in the 95th minute.

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“Joe Willock looks like a hamstring, that looks like a concern for us,” he said.

“Joelinton, we hope is just a knock but we’re unsure. We’ve got a few players nursing things. That type of game with the physical output we gave, that’s always likely to be the case.”

Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie provided an update on Joelinton after the game, stating that he was limping as he left the stadium.

Hopefully he is fit for Newcastle’s game against Leicester

With Willock likely to miss out, Howe will be desperate for Joelinton to be fit for Leicester on Monday. Otherwise he is looking very short of midfield options.

The Magpies are already without Sean Longstaff, and now Willock appears to have joined him on the injury list.

It leaves Howe with limited options, leading to Anderson getting a decent run out against Brighton. We also saw Lewis Miley on the bench, the 17-year-old academy player who is hoping to make his debut before the season comes to an end.

Given the way he played against Brighton, it is no surprise to hear that Joelinton is struggling physically. The 26-year-old was absolutely brilliant, and one of Newcastle’s best players.

It was an ingenious tactical performance from the Magpies, and Joelinton was part of that. He was a key member of the press, and stopped Brighton from playing the ball through Pascal Gross.

Fingers crossed it is just a knock and he is ready to go again on Monday.

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