Miguel Almiron’s injury looks like it could hand Elliot Anderson another chance in the Newcastle first-team.
The 27-year-old came off at half-time in the 1-1 draw with Wolves, having been unable to recover from a first half injury.
Ryan Fraser took his place at the tip of the diamond, but it’s not a role he’s suited to.
On top of that, Allan Saint-Maximin’s injury might force Fraser to play out wide in the coming weeks.
Therefore, Steve Bruce will have to look elsewhere for Almiron’s replacement.
But could Elliot Anderson be the man for the job?
The midfielder was conspicuous by his absence on Monday afternoon, not featuring in the under-23s game against Reading.
This comes as a surprise, as Anderson played last week for the youngsters against West Brom, helping himself to a goal.
The 18-year-old has been a regular in the first-team squad for a while now, but hasn’t been on the bench for the last four games.
But with Almiron injured, Anderson’s under-23s absence hints at a return to first-team action.
While losing Almiron is a huge blow, it will be exciting to see what the teenager can do.
Anderson has made two first-team appearances off the bench and looked extremely comfortable with senior football.
If Bruce does indeed call upon Anderson to replace Almiron, then he has a real chance to announce himself as a star on Tyneside.