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Newcastle Must Take Extra Steps To Ensure Magpie Is Available After World Cup Qualifiers



Newcastle have five more matches to play before the next international break comes late next month. That will give us a two-week lull between our match at Brighton on March 20th and Spurs coming to St. James’ Park on April 3rd.

More importantly, the match at Spurs is the best-case scenario for the return of striker Callum Wilson as it comes 7 weeks into his 6 to 8 week timeframe. How we cope without him over the next five weeks could play a massive role in our survival chances.

The international break, though, brings with it its own concerns in the times of Covid. Miguel Almiron is due to return to his native Paraguay for World Cup qualifiers at Chile and at home against Columbia on March 24th and 29th, respectively.

Both Paraguay and Chile are on the list of the locations designated for mandatory quarantine, where anyone must self-isolate for 10 days after returning. After our Tottenham match on April 3rd, Newcastle travel to Burnley on April 10th, which is just outside the 10-day window but could still come into play.

The Chronicle has a report about the Government possibly suspending quarantine rules for players involved in World Cup qualifying on a case by case basis. The report says Newcastle may have Almiron fly on a private jet while documenting that he will not be in contact with the public.

It appears that Newcastle will have to take as many precautions as possible to ensure Almiron is a good candidate for the exemption. Here is a quote from a Government source on how the upcoming World Cup qualifiers may be treated:

“What we know is that players have been much more at risk of transmission in domestic situations so if the clubs can demonstrate that their players will be effectively kept in bubbles, then there may be some flexibility but much will depend on the state of the virus in the countries concerned closer to the time.”

The last thing Newcastle need is for Almiron to miss any matches after the international break. He’s been our best player over the past month or so. Having him available when Wilson returns, which will hopefully be after the break, will provide Newcastle with the best chance of picking up points against Spurs.

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23 comments so far

  • Adamn_92

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Big dumb conspiracy theory time:

    Bruce’s job is safe because the whole plan is to get us relegated as the takeover will be approved quicker and easier in the championship. The consortium and Ashley are confident Bruce will relegate us but it won’t look deliberate. We go down, the takeover goes through via the efl, Bruce is sacked and is none the wiser to the plan because he’s clueless as always, we go straight back up with new owners.

    Never know ey ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • WLtoon

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #2

    We will miss Miggy when he is away, that`s another kick in the teeth for us, we have nobody with anywhere near his energy as a replacement.
    If you could name the two most important players in our team mine would be Wilson and Miggy, and we are gonna lose both at the most important time of the season.

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  • Mund

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Lee Ryder
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    It’s understood that there were some home truths exchanged in the #nufc dressing room at half-time of Chelsea game. Jamaal Lascelles emerging as a big voice and demanding answers on why the start was so flat against #cfc . Positive to see at least some reaction from players.

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  • Mund

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #4

    About bloody time the captain stood up Iโ€™ve been tweeting it to him for weeks now

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  • TheTinman

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #5

    WLToon, I think we have an able replacement or two in our ranks. Hell if you say Murphy really quickly 10 times it almost sounds like Miggy.

    Wait no… No, it doesn’t…

    Yeah, we’re screwed. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

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  • TheTinman

    Feb 19, 2021 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #6

    It’s beyond belief that at the end of the season the highlight reel is going to be clips of Darlow making acrobatic saves and Lascelles with that Abraham tackle.

    4
  • Carson80

    Feb 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #7

    These upcoming International fixtures should really be cancelled, so unnecessary in the current climate.
    Adamn sound good to me mate.

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  • captainmarvel

    Feb 19, 2021 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Hate: To dislike intensely or passionately, feel extreme aversion to, detest..
    My view of Bruce who is beyond liking at any level..The man is a leech attached to NUFC without question. If knowingly driving the club down the the pan is your beef Bruce is your man..
    Ashley is an owner who is just interested in getting his pound of flesh out of anything he wants to sell..There is no problem with that until it directly affects people or a region which it has and does..

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  • Carson80

    Feb 19, 2021 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Tinman will Chris Jericho be presenting it.

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  • Adamn_92

    Feb 19, 2021 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Carson

    Agree about internationals, seems a completely unnecessary risk in the current climate.
    I wonder how many fans would take relegation if it 100% guarantee’d the takeover went through.

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  • WLtoon

    Feb 19, 2021 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Funny how St Max hasn`t been mentioned as one of the most important players on the last few pages, maybe that`s because he is hot and cold for much of the time, too unpredictable.
    He really needs to step up now and show some real quality instead of flashes of brilliance.
    We still have players to hurt teams, they just need to be on their game , oh and Bruce left in the changing room making the half time refreshment, cutting the oranges etc lol

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 19, 2021 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Adamn92@1

    Good hole in one there
    Think that’s spot on

    Is the plan to sell us to John Lewis

    “Never knowingly under sold”?

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  • TheTinman

    Feb 19, 2021 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #13

    I’d take relegation to Championship if it meant PIF, Reubens and Staveley. I’d probably even take League 1. Don’t see how with the proposed investment not just in the first team, but in the training facilities, academy and the local area wouldn’t have us flying back up the leagues. To be perfectly honest I wouldn’t even mind if that took a couple of seasons in the Championship before it started bearing fruit. We are currently in a state of comatose under this regime and it all feels pointless

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  • TheTinman

    Feb 19, 2021 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #14

    I think that St Max is still our best player, he doesn’t look fully fit and teams are doubling up on him now. Instead of exploiting the gaps left behind we keep rolling the ball to him in tight situations.

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 19, 2021 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Egan and Fleck both missing for Sheffield United away at Fulham Mercenaries tonight.

    Won’t bother Bruce because he’ll set us up to ravage Man Ure from the kick off. Of the second half that is.

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  • WLtoon

    Feb 19, 2021 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Tinman,

    I think Miggy is away for at least 3 weeks, that`s 4 games i think.
    I know other clubs will lose players too but i doubt they will be as big a loss as Miggy will be to us.

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  • magicmac54

    Feb 19, 2021 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #17

    Well its looks pretty obvious now Fulham have a road map in place to aviod relegation, the see Newcastle as the weakest link in the chain, and with Bruce Almighty in our corner who can blame them. They seem to be onto something.

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  • Wor B

    Feb 19, 2021 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Carson

    Haha, I had made the connection on Mavis but via google just to check!

    In the mid eighties we had a striker called George Reilly, a big handful in the mould of Andy Carroll, but not as good.

    When George had a good match he was referred to as Rambo Reilly. If he didn’t play well he was Mavis Riley.

    I think at that time Mavis Wilton was Mavis Reilly. Catchphrase “Ooh, I don’t really know”

    ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Feb 19, 2021 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Bruce has just done his press conference for the Man Utd game. It’s on the official NUFC social media. My jaw was on the floor. So much negativity and gloom from him

    “They absolutely ripped Sociedad to bits.”

    “They could pick us off with the talent they’ve got”

    Another great morale boosting speech to the troops.

    Just ****** off Bruce

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  • WLtoon

    Feb 19, 2021 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #20

    Manure are Bruce`s darlings so don`t be at all surprised if he goes all negative on Sunday knowing we will probably concede a couple before he decides to change it at half time, giving the impression he tried his best to get a point but just didn`t have the time to get it over the line.
    Sheesh, utter dross as a manager tis Bruce.

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  • magicmac54

    Feb 19, 2021 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #21

    WLtoon

    Hi WLtoon, in reference to your post about Sunderland and Sunderland fans, i totally agree with your comments, i have met loads of Sunderland fans on holidays and drank with them and had brilliant craic, and i was wearing my Newcastle top, they were brilliant people and i can honestly say they were very nice people indeed, i taught a Sunderland lass to drive last year and she was the salt of the earth, i would love to see Sunderland and Middlesbrough back in the premier league with Newcastle, that can only be good for the whole North East region mate

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  • geordietom

    Feb 20, 2021 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #22

    ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • geordietom

    Feb 25, 2021 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #23

    ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€

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