Many Newcastle United fans have been reacting on social media, after it was shared that Aston Villa could be without goalkeepers Tom Heaton and Jed Steer for the Toon’s visit later this month.
Heaton has been sidelined since before the international break after sustaining a calf injury in training ahead of Villa’s West Midlands derby at Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Steer replacing him in goal.
Steer, though, was only able to last seven minutes at Molineux before suffering a calf injury of his own, and has since been ruled out for two months after scans on Monday revealed the extent of the blow.
Villa boss Dean Smith is hopeful that Heaton will be back in contention for our trip to Birmingham a week on Monday, when he could also see Jack Grealish, Matt Target and Bjorn Engels return to selection.
But Orjan Nyland is keen to rival Heaton for the number jersey at Villa Park, after making his first appearance of the season when he replaced Steer in goal in the Villans’ 2-1 loss to Wolves.
Nyland also hinted toward Heaton facing two to three weeks on the sidelines, which could force him out of our trip to last season’s Championship Play-Off winners later this month.
Nyland had been Smith’s first-choice at Villa Park last season following his summer 2018 move from Ingolstadt, playing 23 times and conceding 34 goals to six clean sheets.
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Here are some of the messages shared from Newcastle fans reacting to the suggestion that Nyland may start in goal against us…
Good news for our defenders then
— Dell ???? 8-2 (@agbnufc) November 14, 2019
Cue us not shooting at all
— the_Impressionista (@SincerelySamuel) November 14, 2019
— Jase (@AngrycatJ) November 14, 2019
Miggy and ASM Goals incoming? We can but hope. ..
— James Bradford (@Bradder83) November 14, 2019
You mean, let me get this strait, yiur saying Joey, Miggy & Maxi will not get a better chance to break their scoring ducks EVER ????♂️????
— Dreamifestation (Vanquisher Hard) (@Dreamifestation) November 14, 2019
If Miggy doesn’t score against Villa then he never will ????
— Harry Bellew (@harrybellew) November 14, 2019
Hopefully this legend will notch a few pic.twitter.com/iO7ACWhSvh
— Daryll Phillips (@DaryllPhillips) November 14, 2019
That’s not a problem. We just need to hit the target with our front three lol pic.twitter.com/BCbFCRY7gy
— JayBell (@Jayb1970NUFC) November 14, 2019