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Newcastle United stars having to self isolate ahead of new season – Report

6 months ago

Reported late on Wednesday, that a number of Newcastle United players are having to self isolate.

The Mail say that their information is that ‘several’ of the NUFC first team squad have been forced to self isolate.

This is on top of Martin Dubravka now set to miss the start of the season due to a foot injury, an injury which may require surgery.

The Mail also report that Elliot Anderson is still having problems with his hip and now needs to rest for four weeks.

Meanwhile, the Chronicle reported that the knock on effect from the Martin Dubravka injury news, has meant Newcastle blocking a season long loan to Bournemouth for Freddie Woodman that was on the verge of being completed.

Going back to the Newcastle United players having to self isolate…

Various image galleries have been published by Newcastle United this past week and a half of pre-season preparations (on Tyneside and now down near York at their training camp),  with them having showed the following 21 players from what we could see:

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.

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

However, there were another five Newcastle United players where there has been no explanation for their absence from training images these past 10 days or so.

Jonjo Shelvey is maybe the most notable, seen as how he is Steve Bruce’s main man. Yet the Head Coach making no comment at all on his absence.

Sean Longstaff finished last season back in the first team but no sign at all of him in the pre-season preparations, the same is the case with his brother Matty. The two brothers only having one year each left on their current NUFC contracts.

Ciaran Clark is also nowhere to be seen, the centre-back spotted neither last week on Tyneside or near York this week.

Completing the quintet is Andy Carroll. Now many of you no doubt will be saying well he’s left the club, but has he…? Newcastle United have not made any public comment / announcement confirming this and / or thanking him for his contribution these past two seasons. The Chronicle said 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.

So putting two and two together…you would imagine that those self isolating are very likely to come from these four or five outlined above.


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.

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 York and Harrogate have said no Newcastle fans will be allowed).

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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