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Looks like 5 Newcastle United players now ruled out for Manchester United

4 weeks ago
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At the Eddie Howe press conference on Thursday morning, the Head Coach made clear that four Newcastle United players would definitely be missing against Man Utd.

The Newcastle United boss grateful for an eight day gap to prepare for tonight’s game after a horrendous three games in a week.

However, despite that time for rest and recuperation, four Newcastle United players still set to miss.

Federico Fernandez – Eddie Howe declaring ‘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.

Jamal Lewis – Slightly better news with the NUFC Head Coach saying ‘I don’t think it will be too long. It’s not a major injury but it’s enough to keep him out of the festive period and some games in early January. Hamstring strains are usually 3-4 weeks minimum and I think that’s probably where he’ll be.’

Paul Dummett – Not having played a single PL minute this season, Eddie Howe saying about the Geordie defender ‘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.’

So looking at the trio above, hopes of throughout January, maybe into early February, we could see Lewis, Fernandez and Dummett make first team returns. The former Norwich defender looking the most likely to be back first.

Meanwhile, Isaac Hayden is suspended for this game after picking up five bookings. Making it four Newcastle United players in total definitely missing.

However, it now looks like there could be another player ruled out against Man Utd, at least as a starter I would think.

Monday morning seeing some Eddie Howe quotes on Jonjo Shelvey published by the Chronicle, seemingly from Thursday but kept back until now

“He [Jonjo Shelvey] was feeling a tight groin and a tight hamstring.

“I think he’s given a lot to the team in the hectic schedule we had, he hadn’t had a lot of football before that period.

“I didn’t want to force him to play in a game [against Man City] that was probably a step too far then lose him for a number of weeks. I think it was the right decision.

“He hasn’t trained with the group yet, we hope to have him back soon. He’s such an important player in many different ways so we need to keep him fit.”

Jonjo Shelvey played (and scored!) against Liverpool on Thursday 16 December and at the very earliest hadn’t joined in training by the time Eddie Howe did his pre-Man Utd press stuff on Thursday 23 December.

No training images have been released by the club since then, but with the Head Coach having stated the players weren’t coming in on Christmas Day to train, at the very most Shelvey can only have had two or three training sessions back at the very most. If indeed any at all.

With Eddie Howe having spoken about the pressing need to manage Shelvey’s physical condition, I find it very very difficult to see him being considered for a start against Manchester United, considering the lack of training.

With Everton away to follow on Thursday and then Southampton away, only another three days following that, we are surely far more likely to be seeing Jonjo Shelvey potentially starting in those games.

Against Man City, Eddie Howe selected Isaac Hayden, Joe Willock and Joelinton in midfield roles, interesting to see what he goes with tonight in what appears to be Shelvey’s likely absence once again.

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