The Ghanaian will be in the treatment room for at least six weeks after undergoing surgery
Newcastle United midfielder Christian Atsu has been ruled out of the club’s last three games in the Premier League following a successful surgery this week.
The 26-year-old suffered a knee problem a couple of weeks ago but played through pains until it became clear that the Magpies had avoided the drop, before he agreed to have his leg fixed.
However, according to AshesGyamera‘s sources, Atsu will only return in July after the World Cup and join his teammates for the next pre-season ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.
“Atsu has had an operation on his knee to be sure that he will be fine for the next year,” said Benitez.
“It wasn’t a big issue but he had some discomfort and we needed to fix the problem now to be sure that next year he is fine. Ciaran Clark has a little problem with his knee, but we think he will be fine for next week hopefully. The others are fine,” he added.
Atsu will therefore miss Newcastle’s trip to Vicarage Road to face Watford on Saturday as well as the games against Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.
Again, he will not play a role in Ghana’s friendly against Iceland and Japan in June as the two opponents use the game to prepare for the World Cup holding in Russia.