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Newcastle United release pre-season training update – Some notable absentees

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Today (Tuesday 6 July) has seen Newcastle United release a pre-season training ground update.

The images released, showing Newcastle United players training ahead of the new season.

This week was the scheduled return for most of the NUFC squad and the concentration is on fitness work and running, ahead of the training camp near York next week (Monday 12 July to Sunday 18 July.

The photos published by Newcastle United today, showing the following 19 players from what we could see:

Jamal Lewis, Jacob Murphy, Freddie Woodman, Isaac Hayden, Javier Manquillo, Dwight Gayle, Florian Lejuene, Jamaal Lascelles, Elliot Anderson, Yoshinori Muto, Matt Ritchie, Kelland Watts, Jeff Hendrick, Karl Darlow, Joelinton, Mark Gillespie, Callum Wilson, Dan Langley and Paul Dummett.

Those who have been involved in international football were always going to be handed an extension before having to return to the training ground, so that explains the absence of Fabian Schar, Miguel Almiron, Ryan Fraser, Emil Krafth and Martin Dubravka.

Also missing from this image release were Ciaran Clark, Jonjo Shelvey, Allan Saint-Maximin and brothers Sean and Matty Longstaff.

Though maybe the two most interesting absentees are Andy Carroll and Federico Fernandez.

They are amongst a handful of players (as well as Dummett, Schar and Gayle) who were due to see their NUFC contracts end on 30 June 2021.

Newcastle United still not having confirmed whether any of them have had contract extensions triggered or new contracts signed.

Media reports have claimed that Gayle has signed a new three year deal and both Dummett and Schar have had one year contract extensions triggered. The presence of Dummett and Gayle appearing to confirm that they are indeed still contracted.

Talks on a new deal with Fernandez were claimed to be set to be taking place, after the end of the season, whilst it was reported Andy Carroll had been offered another one year deal with talks supposedly scheduled after he returned from his holidays.

The absence from the training images could of course be purely coincidental but my guess would be that Carroll is not going to still be with Newcastle next season and having made only four Premier League starts last season, it would hardly be surprising.

With Fernandez though, I think it would be a major blow as he was Newcastle’s best defender last season and made more PL starts (24) than any other centre-back. Indeed, only Shelvey, Darlow and Almiron started more league games than the Argentine international.

All speculation of course in terms of players not seen today but when you have a club who bizarrely, for whatever reason(s), refuses to tell the fans even which players have agreed new contracts, you are bound to make assumptions.

NEWCASTLE UNITED SUMMER TIMETABLE

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 Argentina.

Sunday 11 July

Final of Euro 2020 at Wembley.

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.

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 (York have said no Newcastle fans will be allowed, no word from Harrogate yet on tickets).

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.

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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