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Michael Harding and Wayne Farrage, senior doctors from Newcastle, stopped during an internal investigation

Michael Harding and Wayne Farrage, senior medics at Newcastle United, quit during internal investigation – players were shocked by the sudden absence of a long-term pair

  • Two senior doctors in Newcastle have both stepped down from their roles
  • Michael Harding and Wayne Farrage have not been seen at the club for a week
  • Club confirmed they had both agreed not to work during an internal investigation

Two of Steve Bruce’s senior medical staff in Newcastle United resigned during an internal investigation.

First team physiotherapist Michael Harding and soft tissue therapist Wayne Farrage have not been seen in the club last week.

Newcastle does not comment on the reasons for their dismissal, but confirmed that the pair had agreed not to work before the internal process was completed. Club insiders have told Sportsmail they are not expected to return at this time.

First team physio Michael Harding has resigned from Newcastle

First team physio Michael Harding has resigned from Newcastle

Harding – the physio who treats players on the field – has been with the club since 2006, while masseur Farrage joined in 2011.

The pair are popular with many of the first team players, who are reportedly shocked by their sudden absence. Harding is also co-director of the private Osborne Clinic alongside longtime Newcastle physio Derek Wright.

Farrage is also part of the Osborne team. He previously worked for Watford, Charlton, West Ham, Fulham and Portsmouth.

Meanwhile, Sportsmail understands that there are several confirmed cases of Covid-19 within Newcastle academy.

This has resulted in strict separation between first team and academy players and staff. Younger players are no longer called up to train with the seniors.

Newcastle players would be shocked at the absence of Harding and Wayne Farrage

Newcastle players would be shocked at the absence of Harding and Wayne Farrage

Newcastle players would be shocked at the absence of Harding and Wayne Farrage

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