Newcastle United confirmed today that Matt Ritchie has successfully undergone surgery on his ankle.
Ritchie was injured after a challenge by Hamza Choudhury as Leicester City beat the Magpies on penalties.
The converted wing-back is an influential member on the pitch as well as in the dressing room and his presence has been greatly missed.
Striving for a swift return.
Ritchie is a commanding figure on the pitch and demands the highest possible standards from the rest of his teammates.
Steve Bruce will be delighted to hear Ritchie's operation was a success and that he can fully recover as soon as possible.
The 30-year old has been an ever-present in the Newcastle side since joining in 2016 as he dropped down into the Championship.
Therefore he has been a huge miss for Bruce as he only has Jetro Willems who can comfortably play as a left wing-back.
The return of Ritchie could see himself and Willems rotate in that position or Bruce pushing Ritchie further forward.
Ritchie's return could come at the perfect time for Newcastle as they head into a hectic winter period as he is expected to be back in training within the next two weeks.
Newcastle confirmed that they are expecting Ritchie to be back in first-team action by the end of October.
He was deployed predominantly as a wing-back under Rafa Benitez, however, with Willems performing very well bruce more try and play him in a more advanced role this season.