'I won't' - Anthony Gordon issues Newcastle United injury update ahead of Man City FA Cup clash

Anthony Gordon of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United at Ewood Park on February 27, 2024 in Blackburn, England. 

Newcastle United star Anthony Gordon says he'll do everything he can to be involved against Manchester City on Saturday evening (kick-off 5:30pm).

The 23-year-old was forced off with a knee injury during the first-half of the Magpies' 3-2 defeat at Chelsea on Monday. It was feared the issue was serious with Eddie Howe admitting after the game "it doesn't look good". But Gordon, reacting to his first-ever England call-up, has confirmed he is feeling fine, despite panicking initially.

Gordon told NUFCTV: "I was looking forward to that game so much, I knew it was a big opportunity for me. Monday night football, two teams that are fighting each other at the moment - it was a big occasion but in the game I picked up a slight injury which made me panic a lot at the time with my knee, you don't mess around with your knees in football so when I had those feelings, I was just praying that it was nothing serious, and thankfully for me, it wasn't.

"The day after the game I came into training and it didn't feel bad at all really. It hadn't swelled up and usually with the knee if it swells it could be a bad problem. I know my own body and I sort of knee at that moment I was fine but in the game when you're getting certain shooting pains it can really offset you and as I say, it made me panic a lot."

Gordon has been called up by Gareth Southgate for England's friendlies against Bruno Guimaraes' Brazil and Belgium at Wembley. But before that, the former Everton winger is pushing to return for the visit to Man City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

"I've always if I'm not injured, I won't miss games," Gordon added. "I was really fortunate there wasn't much up with my knee, it was just a bit of pain. I can't then just miss games because of a sore knee, that's not what I'm about. If I can play, I'll play. From now to the game, I'll do everything I can to be in that position."

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