Seven weeks tomorrow (TV scheduling permitting…), the Newcastle v Tottenham clash will take place at St James Park.
A tough opening game against last season’s clear Premier League runners-up.
Spurs ended the season with 12 wins out of the final 13 matches and rounded the campaign off with 6-1 and 7-1 away victories.
Needless to say, Newcastle will be looking for every bit of help they can get in this game.
The good news for Newcastle but not so good for the visitors, is that Tottenham already have three first team players who look certain to miss the game.
Sky Sports have done a feature on players set to miss the start of the Premier League season and whilst Newcastle thankfully have nobody on that list (yet), this Spurs trio are included.
Heung-min Son broke his arm on international duty and a September return to action is forecast, whilst Erik Lamela has had a setback after hip surgery and it is looking lie October at the earlier before he will feature.
Menawhile Danny Rose suffered a horrific knee ligaments injury against former loan club Sunderland at the start of the year and whilst he is forecast to be ready to return sometime in August, it is very unlikely that he would be risked so early, after such a long time out of action.
So that is three down so far, we’ll just wait on news of Harry Kane and Dele Alli…!
In Newcastle’s case, fans are looking instead for the much needed quality additions to arrive this summer in plenty of time to train and play friendlies with their new teammates, ahead of what is sure to be a very competitive top tier campaign.
Pre-season training begins in 10 days time and then the opening friendly is now only three weeks away when Newcastle travel to Hearts.
Sky Sports feature on Premier League players set to miss start of the season:
Heung-min Son (Tottenham)
Injury: Fractured arm
Expected return date: September 2017
Spurs will have to do without the goals and energy of Son until September after he fractured his right arm while playing for South Korea. The forward is facing three months on the sidelines having undergone surgery on his forearm, plunging his participation in key clashes against Chelsea and West Ham into doubt.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham)
Expected return date: October 2017
Lamela’s long-standing hip injury has significantly hampered his career at Tottenham. The 25-year-old underwent surgery on his hip in April after spending majority of last season on the sidelines. A fresh setback in his recovery has extended his absence, which looks set to reach a full calendar year.
Danny Rose (Tottenham)
Injury: Ruptured knee ligament
Expected return date: August 19, 2017
Rose damaged knee ligaments against Sunderland on January 31 before an early return to training exasperated his condition. The England left-back underwent surgery in May only to suffer a setback on his road to recovery. As such, the 26-year-old is doubtful for the start of Spurs’ campaign – which sees Chelsea travel to Wembley on the second weekend.