Newcastle United’s Sven Botman Faces Lengthy Spell on the Sidelines

Newcastle United’s defensive stalwart, Sven Botman, is set to endure a prolonged absence from the pitch, with the club confirming that the Dutch centre-back will undergo surgery for an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained during the FA Cup clash against Manchester City.

The 24-year-old, who initially struggled with a knee injury earlier in the season, faced a setback in Saturday’s encounter, forcing him to be substituted late in the game. Despite undergoing a rehabilitation program to regain full fitness after the initial injury, Botman’s recent scan revealed the need for surgery, which is scheduled for the upcoming week.

Newcastle United expressed their support for Botman’s recovery, emphasizing their wishes for a swift return to action for the defender. However, the club anticipates a lengthy rehabilitation period, estimating Botman’s recovery time to range from six to nine months.

Botman’s absence deals another blow to Newcastle United’s injury-ridden campaign, with key players like Nick Pope, Joelinton, and Callum Wilson sidelined for significant durations throughout the season. The setback also dashes Botman’s hopes of representing the Netherlands in the Euro 2024 finals, depriving him of the opportunity to make his international debut on the prestigious stage.

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