Newcastle’s Haris Vuckic set for a long road to recovery

HAPPIER MOMENT ... Newcastle United's Haris Vuckic, out for the season, celebrates scoring against Atromitos.

HAPPIER MOMENT ... Newcastle United's Haris Vuckic, out for the season, celebrates scoring against Atromitos.

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LUCKLESS Haris Vuckic’s been backed to recover from the latest injury to blight his Newcastle United career.

The forward will miss the rest of the season after rupturing the cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Vuckic – who has been sidelined for long spells in recent seasons – suffered the injury in a reserve game against Aston Villa on Monday night.

United manager Alan Pardew admits the 20-year-old, having already missed so much football, is at a low ebb.

However, Pardew believes the Slovenia interantional, with the support of his team-mates, the club’s medical team and Newcastle fans, can make a full recovery.

“It was traumatic for Haris,” said Pardew.

“He knew straight away, and it was very upsetting for all of us who were there.

“He’ll have to get on with it – he just needs to get his head down and do the work.”

Vuckic scored the goal against Atromitos which sent United into the group stage of the Europa League.

And Pardew had high hopes for the talented player this season.

However, Vuckic – who has previously had lengthy spells out with ankle and knee problems – must now focus on getting fit for the club’s next campaign.

Pardew will also be without midfielder Dan Gosling for several weeks.

The 22-year-old damaged ankle ligaments at Villa Park, where Newcastle’s 2-1 win came at a huge cost.

Gosling, like Vuckic, would have been among the contenders to start next Thursday night’s home Europa League game against Club Brugge.