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.

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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).