4 Newcastle United players ruled out for Rotherham, 7 with question marks, 2 back in contention
The Newcastle United players take on Rotherham United tonight.
A 7pm kick-off sees NUFC at the AESSEAL (New York) Stadium to take on League One opposition with only two more first team friendlies scheduled after this one.
Newcastle having lost 1-0 to sixth tier York City, before then winning 3-2 at League One Doncaster Rovers on Friday.
Only 19 days now until the Premier League season kicks off, so hopefully Newcastle United starting to get into some kind of shape to be ready for the challenges ahead.
Today is day 49 of the summer transfer window and Champions League winners Chelsea are the only other Premier League club apart from Newcastle United, to have not signed at least one new player in this window so far.
So as things stand, NUFC having to rely on the same group of Newcastle United players who ended last season, less Joe Willock.
There were 13 Newcastle United players ruled out of taking part on Friday at Doncaster, so here’s a rundown on the situation now ahead of tonight’s match at Rotherham
Definitely ruled out
Karl Darlow – It was revealed on Monday that the keeper’s positive virus test had not only involved 10 day self isolating but also a spell in hospital due to it. Darlow now recovering at home but obviously no involvement tonight.
Martin Dubravka – After surgery for a broken metatarsal looks sure to miss the start of the 2021/22 season.
Miguel Almiron – Picked up a hamstring injury in this summer’s Copa America tournament, still hasn’t returned to training.
Elliot Anderson – Has been forced to rest for four weeks (The Mail) to try and shake off a hip injury, Steve Bruce having confirmed this injury issue in recent days.
Joelinton – Missed Doncaster with a thigh injury but Steve Bruce said he expected the Brazilian to return to training on Monday. Club images released yesterday showed that to be the case, so unless any reaction felt in training, Joelinton should be involved tonight.
Javier Manquillo – Similar to Joelinton but no sign of the Spaniard in Monday’s training photos, so looks very likely to be sitting Rotherham out.
Matt Ritchie – Seen training on Monday and expected to be back tonight after recovering from a ‘knock’.
Yoshinori Muto – Missed Doncaster and Steve Bruce stated they were looking for a ‘solution’ (new club) for the striker. The weekend brought news from Greece that Muto is expected to sign for Aris FC after having had talks. However, the Japanese international trained on Monday and I guess we will find out how close he is to a move. If it is imminent then he won’t be risked but if still no imminent sign of a transfer elsewhere, could be given some minutes on the pitch to help put him in the shop window.
Jonjo Shelvey – Seen in training photos released on Monday but having picked up a calf injury that was previously reported as likely to see him miss the start of the season, very unlikely Shelvey will be in a position to be involved against Rotherham.
Fabian Schar – Returned to training on Monday after an extended break due to involvement in the Euros, any involvement against Rotherham will depend on what stage he is at in terms of getting back to full fitness. You would imagine more likely we will see him get some minutes for the first time this pre-season on Friday against Burton, than playing tonight.
Emil Krafth – Same situation as Schar above.
Back in contention
Mark Gillespie – Had been self isolating as a close contact of Darlow’s but back in training on Monday, so set to be involved tonight.
Freddie Woodman – Same as Mark Gillespie above.
Newcastle United pre-season friendlies:
Sunday 18 July – York City 1 Newcastle 0
Sunday 18 July Harrogate Town 2 Newcastle 1 (This was originally a first team fixture with some Under 23 added but it became solely a Under 23 NUFC players after Karl Darlow tested positive for Covid and first team and Under 23s had to be kept apart)
Friday 23 July – Doncaster 2 Newcastle 3
Tuesday 27 July – Rotherham United away (7pm)
Friday 30 July – Burton Albion away (7.45pm)
Saturday 7 August – Norwich home (2pm)
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