Ryan Fraser is not having a good season with Newcastle United, and the 28-year-old has now picked up another injury.
The winger was nowhere to be seen on Wednesday, with the Magpies beating Crystal Palace on penalties in League Cup action.
It wasn’t a classic at St James’ Park, with Nick Pope’s penalty heroics hogging the headlines. Offensively, Newcastle didn’t really click into gear, and Eddie Howe was unable to call upon Fraser to make a difference.
The Scotland international seemed like a shoe-in to at least feature against the Eagles, so it came as a surprise to see that he wasn’t even on the bench.
And Howe has since explained the reason why he couldn’t name Fraser in his squad.
Eddie Howe on Ryan Fraser’s latest injury
After the game, Howe spoke to Newcastle World. He explained why Fraser was missing from the Newcastle United squad.
“Ryan’s got a calf problem,” Howe said.
“I’m not sure how serious that is. I think everyone else has hopefully come through okay.”
Fraser’s season goes from bad to worse
While the Magpies are flying this season, it is proving to be a frustrating campaign for Fraser.
After enjoying a great start to the year and really starting to shine in a black and white shirt, the 2022/23 season is proving to be a different story.
Fraser has only started three games this season, making eight appearances in total. He hasn’t scored, nor does he have an assist.
The former Bournemouth man had a couple of injury problems at the start of the campaign, and he has since had to watch on as Miguel Almiron shines in his position.
The League Cup was surely a great chance for Fraser to get some minutes and his legs and potentially regain some confidence. However, he has been robbed of that opportunity due to injury, just like he was in the previous round against Tranmere.
Howe is unsure how long Fraser will be out for, but given Newcastle’s form and the options we have coming back, it would not be a surprise if he doesn’t feature against Chelsea on Saturday.
Newcastle are flying, but Fraser is floundering.