Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has been on the sidelines for a long time

NEWCASTLE midfielder Jonjo Shelvey will have to remain on the sidelines for up to three months after undergoing surgery for a hamstring injury.

Argus reckons Shelvey, 30, will be out of action for around 12 weeks following the weekend’s procedure and will certainly miss Saturday’s game against Albion.

That means he could be unavailable to head coach Eddie Howe until Boxing Day at the earliest, as the Premier League kicks off for the World Cup finals in mid-November.

Shelvey, who had returned to Tyneside after his summer break in superb form after working with a personal trainer in Turkey, suffered the injury during the club’s friendly defeat by Benfica in Portugal on 26 July.

The development will come as a major blow to a man who revealed during the closed season he only needs to make three more senior games to trigger a contract extension.

Shelvey was a key member of the side that fought their way to Premier League safety under Howe last season after forcing his way back into the team following the departure of Steve Bruce.

Bruno Guimaraes’ superb performance in January and the return of Sean Longstaff will mitigate his absence somewhat, but the diversity offered by a midfielder described as ‘unique’ by Howe at the weekend is missed. Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has been on the sidelines for a long time

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