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Official training update – 5 Newcastle United players now set to return for Tottenham game

3 days ago
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Yesterday (Monday 11 October), the club released a training update of the Newcastle United players.

The images released, showing Newcastle United players training ahead of Sunday’s match against Tottenham.

It was a bonus insight in reality, as the photo shoot was really all about featuring the fact that Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi went to meet players and coaching staff, as well as watching a bit of the training.

Nevertheless, I think it helped give us a fair bit of extra info, in terms of who is likely to be fit and available for Sunday’s massive match.

Amongst the text that went with Monday’s photo gallery, the Newcastle United update included:

Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi introduced themselves at Newcastle United’s training ground on Monday afternoon.

It has been a whirlwind few days since an investment group led by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), and also comprising PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media, acquired the club on Thursday, with Ms. Staveley and Mr. Ghodoussi already meeting staff at St. James’ Park on Friday having outlined their plans for United in the hours after the takeover.

They met players, including captain Jamaal Lascelles, Allan Saint-Maximin and Martin Dúbravka, and behind-the-scenes staff before heading out to watch some of the afternoon’s training session.

Lascelles was back with the group, along with last season’s leading goalscorer Callum Wilson, while Freddie Woodman was also back on the grass having been ruled out for the past two matches with a hip injury and Dúbravka continues to close in on a return to action.’

The photos published by Newcastle United on Monday afternoon featured the following 16 players from what we could see:

Karl Darlow, Martin Dubravka, Federico Fernandez, Dwight Gayle, Mark Gillespie, Isaac Hayden, Jamaal Lascelles, Jamal Lewis, Sean Longstaff, Javier Manquillo, Jacob Murphy,  Matt Ritchie, Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson, Joe Willock, Freddie Woodman

Of those who were missing we know the following:

Elliot Anderson played and scored twice in the 4-0 win for the reserves against Birmingham last night.

Jonjo Shelvey also played most of that game and made the opening goal, the midfielder declaring himself after the match to be fit and hoping to be selected for the team / squad on Sunday.

Fabian Schar, Ryan Fraser, Jeff Hendrick and Emil Krafth are away with their countries, with all four of them having their final games of the October internationals tonight, meaning they should all be back training by Thursday at the latest with NUFC (good to see that Jamal Lewis was allowed to return early to train with Newcastle, after his red card at the weekend means he can’t play for Northern Ireland tonight).

Miguel Almiron also has one more game but not until Thursday night away in Bolivia, so it is less certain exactly how fit / available he will be for Tottenham with a lengthy tiring journey home.

That only leaves three other players of the 26 man (25 senior players named in official PL squad and Under 21 Elliot Anderson) first team squad to account for.

I think we can safely say that Paul Dummett must still be injured and unavailable for Spurs.

However, the other two that we couldn’t spot in Monday’s training shots were Ciaran Clark and Joelinton. They may well just have been missing from the shots by chance and the images that were selected to be shown, or potentially have a knock / injury that caused them to be missing.

Going back to the positives though, out of the players who weren’t available for the defeat at Wolves 10 days ago, it looks likely that all of the following are now set to be available – Callum Wilson, Martin Dubravka, Freddie Woodman, Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey.

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