Newcastle's Isaac Hayden out for season with knee injury

Isaac Hayden
Hayden picked up the knee injury in the first half against Brighton

Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden will miss the rest of the season as a result of the knee injury he suffered during the defeat at Brighton.

The 26-year old was stretchered off in the first half on Saturday after a challenge with Yves Bissouma and a scan has revealed "significant" damage.

He will not require surgery, however, and will now begin a rehabilitation programme.

Hayden has played 27 times this season, scoring one goal.

The former England Under-21 player, who joined Newcastle from Arsenal, said on Saturday the incident with Bissouma "was a complete accident".

Hayden has been a regular for the Magpies in the Premier League for the last four seasons and his absence will be a blow for Steve Bruce as he attempts to steer his team - which is two points above third-bottom Fulham - away from relegation trouble.

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