Newcastle United have recalled striker Ivan Toney from his loan spell at League One Barnsley as they await news on Papiss Cisse’s groin injury.
Senegal international Cisse is set to miss the Christmas programme as the Magpies seek a second opinion on the damage which forced him off during the first half of Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Aston Villa.
Head coach Steve McClaren has summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez at his disposal and Emmanuel Riviere closing in on a return from long-term injury, while youngster Adam Armstrong is prospering on loan at Coventry.
However, teenager Toney, a summer signing from Northampton, is on his way back to St James’ Park as cover.
A club statement said: “Newcastle United have recalled striker Ivan Toney from a loan spell at Barnsley. The 19 year-old returns to St. James’ Park after scoring twice in eight appearances for the Tykes.”
Barnsley’s head coach Lee Johnson told his club’s official website: “It’s unfortunate with the situation that’s developed but Newcastle have to protect themselves over the Christmas period,”
“I had a nice call from (Newcastle assistant head coach) Paul Simpson explaining the situation which I appreciate.
“It’s the same with any loan and unfortunate for ourselves, but Ivan is their player.
“He’s done really well and helped himself to a couple of goals. I’d like to place on record our thanks to both Newcastle United and Ivan.”