Newcastle winger Matt Ritchie will be out of action for the next two months, after sustaining an ankle injury during the Magpies' Carabao Cup exit to Leicester on Wednesday.


It was the narrowest of margins at St James' Park. After Yoshinori Muto's equaliser cancelled out James Maddison's first-half opener, penalties were required to separate the sides, with the  visitors prevailing.


It was a tough one to take for ​Newcastle, and made all the tougher by the loss of Ritchie, who went off late in the first half after what looked a harsh challenge by ​Foxes midfielder Hamza Choudhury - later branded a 'horror challenge' by manager Steve Bruce. 

Sky Sports report that he will be on the sidelines for 'at least' two months, which will come as a major blow to manager Bruce's already depleted options. 


“The mess Matt Ritchie’s in - it was horror challenge," Bruce said, as quoted by the ​Chronicle. "When I see the mess on his leg.


“We fear ankle damage, he’s got three stitches in his leg. I don’t want players sent off but when it’s horror challenges, it isn’t good.

“It’s a horror one, it’s over the top. Believe me, it’s a horrible one.”


Choudhury himself defended the challenge, however, saying it isn't in his nature to intentionally hurt an opponent, while suggesting that Bruce's former playing style renders his comments hypocritical. 


"It was a 50/50, he pulled out last minute which made it look a lot worse," he said, via ​Sky Sports

"I don't know what I can say, I try to tackle, I've never gone in to hurt someone and unfortunately it has, I hope he gets better soon.


"I know Steve Bruce was a tough-tackling defender in his day, and people are quick to forget how they played football."