LUUK de Jong is hoping his season, and Newcastle United career, isn’t over.
The on-loan striker twisted his ankle in last weekend’s 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City.
And De Jong’s injury was this week being assessed by the club’s medical staff.
The 23-year-old, who is on a half-season loan from Borussia Monchengladbach, is hopeful he will play again this season.
De Jong knows he still has work to do on the pitch if he is to earn a permanent move to St James’s Park.
However, de Jong - who left St James’s Park wearing a protective boot - is unlikely to be involved against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.
“I twisted my ankle, but I hope it’s not too bad,” de Jong said. “I hope it’s going to be OK.
“I just want to work hard and show the fans what I can do. I hope to be back soon.”
United manager Alan Pardew lost de Jong’s fellow striker Papiss Cisse to a season-ending knee injury in the same game, which was decided by an injury-time penalty from Wilfried Bony.
“They scored at the end of each half,” said de Jong, who set up Newcastle’s goal, scored by Shola Ameobi.
“I don’t think we deserved that, but we’re having so much bad luck at the moment.
“I think we were equal to Swansea, and we had opportunities, but we lost the game.
“It’s always nice to get an assist, but we wanted to win this game.”
De Jong added: “We need to talk to each other and work for each other. It’s the only think we can do. We want to win games.”
The injuries to Cisse and de Jong point to another run-out for teenage striker Adam Armstrong, who came off the bench against Swansea.
H Newcastle’s Under-21s ended the club’s barren run in front of goal at St James’s Park with a resounding success in the Northumberland Senior Cup final last night.
Peter Beardsley’s side convincingly beat Blyth Spartans 4-0 to lift the trophy.
Lubo Satka, Michael Richardson, Jonathyn Quinn and captain Gael Bigirimana were on target for Newcastle in front of a 1,234 crowd.
First-team manager Alan Pardew - whose Premier League side has scored just three goals at St James’s Park this year - was among the spectators.
However, an injury to United defender Jamie Sterry - who was stretchered off - marred the win.
H Celtic have announced the surprise departure of assistant manager Johan Mjallby.
The club revealed the Swede would leave Celtic Park at the end of the season to look at new challenges in football.
Mjallby told the club’s official website: “I have enormous affection for Celtic Football Club and it is with sadness that the time to leave has arrived. However, I now leave to seek some different opportunities.”