North-East latest: Newcastle ace could be out for weeks, Sunderland can make loan signing permanent

We bring you the latest news from Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

Rolando Aarons dealt set-back

Rolando Aarons could be ruled out for several weeks, according to a report in the Shields Gazette.

The 18-year-old has burst onto the scene at Newcastle this summer, but it seems that he could be set for a spell on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury.

“Unfortunately, he’s picked up a hamstring injury this week,” Alan Pardew, his manager, said. “He looks a fantastic find for us."

“He was injured on Tuesday, but he hasn’t had a scan yet, so we’ll know more then.”

Alan Pardew urges patience

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has urged supporters to be patient with the club.

The Magpies are yet to win so far this season, but Pardew still believes they have improved due to their summer signings and he says that fans should give them time to settle.

“I think we’ve got a lot of new players, a good feeling with them and they’re going to need a little bit of time,” he said.

“I’m hoping we kick in pretty quickly but if we don’t we’ll have to be patient.”

Alvarez could become permanent

Gus Poyet has revealed that there is a chance that Sunderland could make Ricky Alvarez’s transfer permanent.

The winger’s arrival at the Stadium of Light has created a lot of excitement and Poyet has suggested that his stay could be longer than the initial season-long-loan proposed.

“I think we’ve got a chance with Ricky (of making it permanent),” Poyet said.

“There is usually an option to buy in these international loans. It’s a great way to help each other at the moment."

Jozy Altidore backs Sunderland to win

Jozy Altidore believes that Sunderland can beat Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

The Black Cats’ striker admits that he is expecting a tough test against Spurs, who have picked up six points already this season, but says that if Sunderland play to their best they can be victorious.

“Nobody wants to get into the rut of last season at home, so hopefully we can get points against Tottenham,” the American international said.

“They’re a good team, but I believe we can get the points."

“It’s just about it coming together.”

Middlesbrough boss enjoying selection problems

Aitor Karanka says that he is enjoying the fact that he faces a tough test to choose who starts for Middlesbrough every week.

The Spaniard has created a strong squad at the Riverside and he admits that it is an enjoyable challenge picking his starting line-up.

“It’s the best thing,” he explained. “The best thing for me is having 22-23 players and all of them are capable of playing in every single game."

“Tomorrow I have a very big problem but I prefer to have this problem than to arrive at my office and say ‘who have I got to play tomorrow?’ I prefer to have this problem.”

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch