Newcastle United took Jetro Willems on a season-long loan deal from Eintracht Frankfurt in August 2019 and the Magpies retain an option to make the transfer permanent in the summer.

The left-back made 19 appearances in the league, and has two goals (against Liverpool and Manchester City) and two assists (against Manchester United and West Ham United) to his name.

He suffered a serious injury in the Tyneside club’s 1-0 victory over Chelsea on January 18th.

According to Bild, the Netherlands international returned to his parent club last week for the first time since the setback and has already consulted Eintracht Frankfurt doctor, Florian Pfab.

It’s claimed the diagnosis has indicated the 25-year-old has ‘Anterior and posterior cruciate ligament tear, with cartilage damage’ and it is a ‘very serious injury’ for a footballer.

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Willems needs to have a lot of patience as doctors expect him to be out of action for eight to nine months. Bild, however, state the player is unlikely to feature again in this calendar year.

Therefore, it ‘seems unlikely’ that Steve Bruce’s side will exercise the option to make Willems’ transfer permanent, even though the fee needed to sign him is around €11m.