Date: 7th February 2021 at 8:00pm
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The dramatic win over came at a significant cost for after Fabian Schar confirmed he’s facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines. 

What’s the story?

Taking to Twitter earlier today, the Swiss revealed he would be out ‘for a few months’ following the knee injury that forced him off against the Saints.

How much of a blow is it?

Schar had been in excellent form recently.

His performance against during late December’s draw was a key part of keeping the champions out with the 29-year-old making an impressive 12 clearances (via WhoScored) while he also made a team-high seven in the win over .

Going forward, of Newcastle’s defenders, no one offers more in the way of long balls per game than Schar (3.6, bettered by only Jonjo Shelvey and ).

Indeed, it was his raking long pass to Saint-Maximin that helped set-up ’s opener yesterday too, so being without his services for an extended period of time could impact proceedings both defensively, as well as going forward.

The Verdict

Fortunately, there is a break between now and the next fixture, potentially affording the likes of and Federico Fernandez time to get back to fitness. Hopefully, will have more options when his side travel to Chelsea next Monday.

Still, losing a player who has proven to be a key figure is obviously a blow. With his up at the end of the season, Schar’s final few months on Tyneside could be spent only watching from afar.