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Jets' Kokko set for jaw surgery

AAP logoAAP 20/11/2016 Vince Rugari

Newcastle's A-League injury curse has struck again with star striker Aleksandr Kokko to undergo surgery on a fractured jaw on Monday.

The Finnish centre-forward suffered the injury in the 88th minute of Sunday's 1-1 F3 Derby draw with Central Coast after a head clash in the penalty area with Josh Bingham, who was attempting to put the ball out for a corner kick.

Kokko fell to the ground clutching his face and was spitting blood before he was sent for scans post-match, which confirmed the extent of the damage.

Kokko had only been on the field for approximately 10 minutes and showed a couple of neat touches as the Jets rallied for a late winner against the Mariners, who were down to 10 men.

No timeline has been set but it's expected the 29-year-old won't return for at least a few weeks.

It's another disappointing setback for Kokko, who has struggled to stay on the park since succumbing to injury on his Jets debut earlier this season.

He has made only two starts in seven rounds and is yet to break his scoring duck, with Newcastle's only win to date a shock 4-0 result over Brisbane Roar back in round two.

Newcastle are currently without skipper Nigel Boogaard (knee), Daniel Mullen (knee) and Lachlan Jackson (ankle), while goalkeeper Ben Kennedy (Achilles) and Daniel Alessi (knee) have been ruled out for the season.

Coach Mark Jones already has two injury-replacement players on the books in rookie utility Johnny Koutroumbis and veteran defender Iain Fyfe and he may be forced to sign a third if Kokko is out for the longer term.

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