Stephen Ireland

By Anthony Marshall

 

Stephen Ireland has been ruled out of the final four games of the season with an ankle injury.

The on-loan Aston Villa midfielder sustained the injury during Saturday's draw away at Blackpool in the Premier League, and after having it assessed by Newcastle United's medical staff he will be unavailable for the remainder of the campaign.

Ireland, 24, has made two appearances during his time at St. James' Park, coming off the substitutes' bench against both Manchester United and Blackpool.