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Howe hopes Gordon injury is not serious as Newcastle woes persist

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Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe hopes Anthony Gordon does not join the long list of absentees at St. James’ Park after the winger left the stadium on crutches following the 4-4 draw against Luton Town in the Premier League on Saturday February 3.

The 22-year-old, Newcastle’s top scorer (seven) behind Swedish striker Alexander Isak (11) in the top flight this season, was forced off at half-time with an apparent ankle injury.

Newcastle are already without their mainstays Isak, Brazilian midfielder Joelinton, goalkeeper Nick Pope and others injured.

“It looked like he (Gordon) twisted his ankle,” Howe told reporters. “I wasn’t sure about the incident, I didn’t see what happened. But he was in a lot of pain at half-time and had to come off.”

Howe said he didn’t know how serious the injury was. “It was painful enough for him to pull out, it was his decision, he knew he couldn’t continue.

“We hope it’s not bad. He’s a very important player for us and we missed him when he came out.”

Howe also provided an update on Isak, who has missed two straight matches with a groin injury.

“We don’t think it’s too serious. We don’t know yet when he’ll come back,” Howe said.

Newcastle dropped to ninth place on 33 points after their draw against promoted Luton and next travel to 17th-placed Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

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