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Eddie Howe confirms 4 Newcastle United players ruled out for Manchester United but 3 back available, hopefully

1 month ago
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Eddie Howe has been speaking to the media on Thursday morning.

The Newcastle United Head Coach talking to journalists ahead of Monday’s match at St James Park.

Eddie Howe and his players set to take on Manchester United at 8pm on Monday 27 December.

Howe now looking to bounce back after a tough week of games.

The NUFC Head Coach grateful for an eight day gap to prepare for Man Utd after a horrendous three games in a week.

A week of self-inflicted harm, shocking decisions from the match officials and three defeats, conceding eleven goals and scoring only one.

Man Utd is a touch challenge but not an impossible one, with NUFC having won two of the last four matches against them at St James Park.

As for injury / fitness at Newcastle United, Eddie Howe giving an update this morning on the availability of players for Monday night.

Federico Fernandez and Jamal Lewis continue to be out for the foreseeable.

Whilst Paul Dummett also remains unavailable and hasn’t played a single Premier League minute this season, though the good news is that this week has seen him take a major step forward, as finally the Geordie defender has returned to start training with the main group.

Meanwhile, Isaac Hayden is suspended for this game after picking up five bookings.

In better news, Eddie Howe hopes to have Jonjo Shelvey back from injury after missing Man City, although he couldn’t be seen in the training photos from Wednesday that the club released.

Javier Manquillo and Emil Krafth weren’t fit enough to be considered to start on Sunday but the NUFC Head Coach thinks both will be ok after recovering from illness.

In more good news, Eddie Howe also confirming that there are zero Covid cases at the club at the moment.

Eddie Howe talking to BBC Newcastle about the injury / fitness situation ahead of Monday’s match against Manchester United:

“We’ll have – hopefully – Manquillo and Shelvey fit and available (for Man Utd).

“Fernandez will not be available for a period of time – I think he’s going to miss the entire Christmas period and probably most of January.”

Eddie Howe on Paul Dummett:

“He did train yesterday but it was his first day.

“It’s brilliant to have him back – I was very impressed with him as a player, as a person and a character in the group. I loved working with him, but I can’t put a timescale on when he could come back.”

Eddie Howe speaking in the main press conference on Covid cases:

“We have a clean bill of health currently and we’re going though our testing every day.

“With the current infection rate around the country, we’re doing well at the moment to stay clear of it.

On player availability:

“We have a few players that are still out.

“Federico Fernandez, Paul Dummett and Jamal Lewis will all miss the game but we’ll hopefully have Emil Krafth and Javier Manquillo back from illness.”

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