Newcastle hit by fresh injuries to Amalfitano and Xisco

BLOW ... Newcastle's Romain Amalfitano has suffered an ankle injury.
BLOW ... Newcastle's Romain Amalfitano has suffered an ankle injury.

ROMAIN Amalfitano and Xisco suffered injuries playing for Newcastle United’s reserves last night.

The pair both hobbled out of the club’s 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United, featuring Bebe and Federico Macheda, at Whitley Park.

Amalfitano picked up an ankle problem, while Xisco left the field with a knock.

And coach Willie Donachie – who was without injured striker Adam Campbell (knee) – felt the loss of the experienced pair had an influence on the result.

“It was disappointing to lose, but we lost Xisco and Romain, which weakened us a lot as they were our two experienced players,” Donachie told the Gazette.

“Romain picked up an ankle knock, and Xisco has a knock too.”

Man United’s two goals – from Tom Thorpe and Tom Lawrence – came from set-plays, and Donachie was frustrated at the result in the Professional Development League.

“We didn’t deserve to lose, but if you aren’t strong at set-plays, and really brave in their box, you won’t win,” he added.

After a goalless first half, Thorpe put the visitors ahead in the 47th minute.

Connor Newton – fielded out of position at right-back – levelled from close range on the hour mark, but substitute Lawrence won the game for Man United in the 66th minute.

Newton said: “It’s great to get on the scoresheet, as I don’t do it very often.

“I suppose it is one I will always remember against Manchester United in front of the MUTV cameras, with people around the world watching in.

“The lads are a bit gutted, but we just have to get on with it.

“We need to work on our defending – that’s two sloppy goals.”

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Alnwick; Newton, Tavernier, Satka, Moyo; Hooper, Amalfitano (Knight, 42), Inman, Abeid, Maddison (Kitchen, 85); Xisco (Riley, 55).