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Club confirm 5 Newcastle United players have now joined pre-season training camp

6 months ago

Five Newcastle United players have belatedly joined the pre-season training camp at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate campus just outside York.

The club confirming the news late on Thursday night.

The confirmation came in the form of an image gallery released by NUFC, in which all five Newcastle United players featured prominently.

Goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is one of those now shown to be at the training camp. He had passed his medical and was all set to sign a year’s loan with Bournemouth this week, only for an injury to Martin Dubravka leading Newcastle United to pull that deal. At least for the time being.

Nothing official by the club on Dubravka’s foot injury but widespread reporting says he will need surgery and won’t make the start of the season. Interesting to see whether Freddie Woodman gets his chance when Newcastle kick off against West Ham, or whether Karl Darlow will fill in as he did last season.

Once again, nothing has been said by the club about anybody self isolating but newspaper reports have said a number of Newcastle United players have been doing so.

To this backdrop, the other four Newcastle United players belatedly joined up with teammates on Thursday.

Jonjo Shelvey, Matty Longstaff, Ciaran Clark and Sean Longstaff all now shown to be with the rest of the squad ahead of the friendlies on Sunday against Harrogate and York, both kicking off at 2pm as Steve Bruce splits his squad and adds Under 23 players to make up the numbers. Whether any of this quartet are fit enough to play any part in Sunday’s matches remains to be seen.

Players who had been seen so far in official club image galleries both at the training ground on Tyneside and / or this week near York: Jamal Lewis, Jacob Murphy, Ryan Fraser, Isaac Hayden, Javier Manquillo, Dwight Gayle, Florian Lejuene, Jamaal Lascelles, Elliot Anderson, Yoshinori Muto, Matt Ritchie, Allan Saint-Maximin, Federico Fernandez, Kelland Watts, Jeff Hendrick, Karl Darlow, Joelinton, Mark Gillespie, Callum Wilson, Dan Langley and Paul Dummett.

However, The Mail have reported that Elliot Anderson is still having problems with his hip and now needs to rest for four weeks.

The absence of Fabian Schar, Miguel Almiron and Emil Krafth explained due to their international commitments having led to a delay in joining up for pre-season.

The only player where there is still some confusion as to his absence is Andy Carroll.

Still no sign of him in pre-season but Newcastle United have still not made any public comment / announcement confirming he has indeed left the club.

The Chronicle reported in June that NUFC had offered Carroll another year and that talks would take place on the new deal once the player arrived back from holiday, however, nothing since. The secrecy and lack of clarity is bizarre.


Wednesday 9 June

Summer transfer window opens.

Wednesday 16 June

Premier League fixtures released at 9am. Newcastle facing West Ham at home in their first match (Sunday 15 August 2pm live on Sky) of the new PL season.

Monday 5 July

Newcastle United squad return to start pre-season preparations.

The Premier League announce which games have been selected in September for live TV.

Government announce that full capacity football stadiums are set to be allowed, once restrictions are lifted on 19 July 2021.

Saturday 10 July

Copa America final in Brazil – Argentina 1 Brazil 0

Sunday 11 July

Final of Euro 2020 at Wembley – England 1 Italy 1 (Italy win 3-2 on penalties AET)

Monday 12 July

Pre-season training camp begins at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate campus just outside York, where NUFC also went last summer, staying until the following Sunday (18 July) when the squad (split in two) will then go and play two friendlies at nearby venues.

Saturday 17 July

The club reveal Karl Darlow has tested positive for covid and along with close contacts Mark Gillespie and Freddie Woodman, all three have to self isolate for ten days. Leaving Newcastle with no available senior keepers for the first three, probably four, friendlies. Martin Dubravka with a foot injury that is expected to see him missing the start of the season.

Sunday 18 July

Newcastle United splitting their squad and playing two friendlies on this day.

Away at York City with a 2pm kick-off and also away at Harrogate Town with another 2pm kick-off (Both games now sold out, York and Harrogate selling to home fans only).

Friday 23 July 

Friendly at Doncaster Rovers away (7pm kick-off), with Rovers stating Newcastle United are getting an allocation of tickets but no word as yet from NUFC as to when they go on sale.

Tuesday 27 July

Newcastle United first team friendly away at League One Rotherham, kick-off at 7pm.

Friday 30 July

NUFC friendly away at League One Burton Albion, with a 7.45pm kick off. Burton have announced that Newcastle fans will get an allocation of tickets.

Saturday 7 August

Newcastle play Norwich at St James Park in a friendly, with a 2pm kick-off.

Sunday 15 August

Newcastle kick off at 2pm at home to West Ham, live on Sky Sports.

Saturday 21 August

Confirmed as not moved for live TV, 3pm kick-off away against Aston Villa.

Saturday 28 August

Confirmed as not moved for live TV, 3pm kick-off home against Southampton.

Monday 30 August

First international break starts.

Tuesday 31 August

Summer transfer window closes at 11pm.

Saturday 11 September

Match not selected for live TV, so 3pm – Man Utd away.

Friday 17 September

Match moved for live TV so 8pm – Leeds home (Sky Sports).

Saturday 25 September

Match not selected for live TV, so 3pm – Watford away.

Monday 4 October

Second international break starts.

Monday 8 November

Third international break starts.

Monday 21 March 2022

Fourth international break starts.

Sunday 22 May 2022

Premier League 2021/22 season ends.


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