Birighitti suffers fractured cheekbone

Newcastle Jets have suffered another blow with Mark Birighitti reported to have suffered a fractured cheekbone.

Newcastle Jets have suffered yet another blow to their goalkeeping stocks with Mark Birighitti being diagnosed with that appears to be a fractured cheekbone.

Jet-s doctors confirmed the injury to Fox Sports sideline reporter Melanie McLaughlin soon after Birighitti was stretchered off the field.

And coach Gary van Egmond confirmed those fears post-match, saying Birighitti would be out for 6-8 weeks.

"It doesn't look so good for Mark, he is off to the hospital and he will be out for at least six to eight weeks with a fractured cheekbone," coach Gary van Egmond said after the game.

Birighitti suffered the injury in a second half clash with former Jet, Jeremy Brockie.

Brockie who was played through on goal was denied a brace by a sliding Birighitti, but unfortunately for the Jets keeper he would also collect Brockie-s knee square in the face.

The Jets keeper did not move for several minutes and was attended to by doctors.

Matthew Nash replaced him in goal and the injury might just force Gary van Egmond to go into the market for another keeper with first choice stopper Ben Kennedy also out with a knee injury.