NEWCASTLE United are hopeful starlet Remie Streete’s injury setback isn’t serious after he limped off with tight hamstring against Manchester City youth.
South Shields-born Streete was making just his second start of the season since returning to action after 10 months out.
The 18-year-old made a first start of the season last Tuesday, as Bedlington Terriers dumped Newcastle Reserves out of the Northumberland Senior Cup.
Continuing his comeback captaining United’s Under-18’s, Streete lasted just 23 minutes before being replaced by Jamie Sterry.
Academy coach Dave Watson, however, revealed the substitution was more of a precaution.
Watson said: “I haven’t had a chance to speak to the physio yet, but I think it was just a tight hamstring. He should be OK, but we really won’t know until we have spoken to the physio.
“The pitch was really heavy, so fitness levels were tested, but the lads will feel the benefits of that in their next game.”
Streete captained United’s Under-18’s to Academy Premier League success last season, and was part of Alan Pardew’s squad to face Arsenal last month.
Although unlikely to be out of action for long the 6ft 2in centre-half will be frustrated as he bids to join United’s first-team.
Jonathyn Quinn’s 90th minute strike, meanwhile, ensured Newcastle enjoyed a winning start to 2013.
United led 2-0 through Greg Olley and Adam Campbell inside 12 minutes before Brandon Barker hit a brace for City.
United grabbed the win however, as Olley and Campbell combined, supplying Quinn, who netted from 12 yards.