Federico Fernandez joins Newcastle United's injured list ahead of Liverpool game

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Newcastle United have been hit by an injury to Federico Fernandez.

The defender is set to miss the “majority” of the relegation-threatened club’s festive programme with a thigh injury, according to Eddie Howe. Howe was speaking ahead of tomorrow night’s Premier League fixture against second-placed Liverpool at Anfield.

Asked for an injury update this morning, United’s head coach said: “Paul Dummett still out long-term, although he’s making good progress. We’re hoping to get him back at some stage soon. We’ve lost Fernandez due to an injury. We're not sure of the extent of that injury yet, but he’ll certainly miss this game, and probably the majority of the games over the festive period. It’s a slight thigh problem.”

Fernandez, 32, had been an unused substitute for last weekend’s 4-0 defeat to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Newcastle are 19th in the Premier League with 10 points from 16 games.