Newcastle ace Adam Campbell faces lengthy spell out

INJURY BLOW ... Newcastle's Adam Campbell.
INJURY BLOW ... Newcastle's Adam Campbell.

ADAM Campbell’s facing several weeks on the sidelines at Newcastle United.

The teenager’s suffered a knee problem, and won’t be involved in next week’s Europa League game against Maritimo at St James’s Park.

The good news is that Campbell, 17, doesn’t need an operation.

However, the striker’s been ordered to rest by the club’s medical team.

“Adam’s injured – he hurt his knee a couple of weeks ago,” United boss Alan Pardew told the Gazette. “It isn’t serious – he just needs rest.”

Campbell, rated highly by Magpies chief Pardew, is one of the Academy’s brightest prospects.

And the England Under-17 international became the youngest player to have represented the club in Europe when he came off the bench in Newcastle’s Europa League qualifier against Atromitos in Athens in late August.

Campbell’s pace and energy was missed on Monday night when Newcastle’s reserves lost 2-1 to Manchester United at Whitley Park.

And reserve-team coach Willie Donachie insists he will only return to action when the club’s medical staff are convinced he’s ready.

Donachie said: “I think it’s going to be a while yet – the physios are being cautious about it, and rightly so.

“He’s going to be a special player if he progresses like we hope.”

n DARLINGTON have signed Newcastle United striker JJ Hooper on loan.

The 19-year-old is in the club’s squad for tonight’s home game against Spennymoor Town.