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Howe Provides Injury Update And Thoughts On Rotation Ahead Of Southampton

Eddie Howe has given his press conference ahead of tomorrow night’s match at Southampton. The boss has confirmed that there are no fresh injury concerns after the win against Brighton.

While there were a few niggles picked up, it appears that everyone available over the weekend will be in contention tomorrow. Newcastle also released images from yesterday’s training session which showed Matt Ritchie back with the group.

Here is Howe’s injury update per Newcastle’s Twitter account:

“We’ve got no injuries of major concern. We had a few niggles after the Brighton game but we’ve had Matt Ritchie return to training so that’s a really good thing.”

Howe has kept with much the same team over our recent stretch of five wins in six matches. The schedule did allow for a full week of preparation for much of those matches. That changes now with three matches in a seven-day stretch.

This could be the time Howe rotates his squad with players like Sean Longstaff, Bruno Guimaraes, and Jamaal Lascelles among others desperate for an opportunity. Howe touched on that subject saying:

“We’ll look to make the right decisions for the team.

“I think with the run we’ve been on I’ve been reluctant to change things because the team had lacked rhythm for a long time so when you get it you want to try and enhance not disrupt it.

“It doesn’t mean I don’t believe in the players I’m not using, that’s the key thing. I believe in them and I believe they can all play a huge role in the future, but I’ve just got to deal with the here and now.”

The overall performance dipped against The Seagulls but Newcastle were able to gut out a key 2-1 victory. Howe may again keep the changes to a minimum tomorrow and then shake up the squad for the trip to Chelsea on Sunday.

One change fans could be expecting is Allan Saint-Maximin back in the starting eleven. The Frenchman was a substitute against Brighton after missing the previous two matches with a calf injury.

Howe was hesitant when asked about Saint-Maximin as he feels he is still not fully fit. The 24-year-old will certainly play a part at St Mary’s but it may be another cameo as Howe said the following:

“He’s not 100% fit. He did one day of training in three weeks before the previous game but we are keen to have him back at his best.

“I think when he came on he did well and I thought he gave us a lift. We’re trying to build up his fitness.”

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31 comments so far


    Mar 9, 2022 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #1


  • hibbit

    Mar 9, 2022 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2



    Mar 9, 2022 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Wham bam thank you maam/man.


    Mar 9, 2022 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Soz hibbit!

  • Romford mag

    Mar 9, 2022 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #5

    No more though 😉

  • Mund

    Mar 9, 2022 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Tut tut Rom you’re slacking lad

  • Romford mag

    Mar 9, 2022 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Those dishes won’t do themselves 🙂

  • Romford mag

    Mar 9, 2022 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Toodle pip 🙂

  • Asi Fish

    Mar 9, 2022 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #10

    Cheers Rom, Mund 🙂

    Don’t have much time at the mo but need to get back into the Blog groove

    Good times

  • martoon

    Mar 9, 2022 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #11

    I understand we need to use squad rotation but realistically we’ve more chance of getting something from Southampton than Chelsea so I think I’d go as strong as possible on Thursday and then rotate at the weekend.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Mar 9, 2022 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #13


    Don’t you dare go throwing my name in the mix with regards to the poster “Little Davy” nothing to do with me. Grow up for god’s sake. How many times have I asked you to do that. You really are a mug of the highest order aren’t you. I’m in HSE and we deal in facts. I suggest you do the same and do not jump to conclusions and slander others.

    I said I’d stay off here for a reason and here I am coming back on to defend myself. Yes my phone was hijacked last night it was a joke which I was actually furious about. But that’s all it was. So stop your finger pointing slander ffs. Like I said you are insignificant to me your just a faceless Avatar that does not interest me at all.

    OK I’m away again and DO NOT bring my name up again thank you. Tara

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 9, 2022 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #14

    So reading between the lines from what Howe says it looks like Maxi is not starting against Southampton.

  • Mund

    Mar 9, 2022 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #15

    Certainly reads that way Tuff

  • Tyran21

    Mar 9, 2022 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #16

    Those are the same few who don’t even rate Targett,Burn or hilariously Howe too. Why would you guys care what they think about Wood.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 9, 2022 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #17

    So anybody who works in Health and Safety is always right. Mmmm Interesting.

  • Mund

    Mar 9, 2022 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #18


    Has there really been the odd fan saying stuff like that about Burn! And Targett! Wtf! Seriously?

  • cyprus

    Mar 9, 2022 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #19

    So many good looking folks on here. Little Davy maybe you too… But do put a shirt on mate.

    On Wood, yes we haven’t lost with him, yes the lad gives his all, but…

    Score a goal man. It goes with the number.

    PS. No hurry 🙂

  • Mund

    Mar 9, 2022 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #20


    Will you be showing your good looks? 😉

  • Regan

    Mar 9, 2022 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #21

    And before anyone points the finger about me being davey..

    It isn’t me…..too stupid..


  • Mund

    Mar 9, 2022 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #22


    Regan you safe you lad 😉

  • tom

    Mar 9, 2022 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #23

    regan 👿

  • tom

    Mar 9, 2022 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #24

    well just booked away week away on the 25th , seeing we have no games for a couple of weeks …

  • Davas

    Mar 9, 2022 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #25

    Just been reading a little about the struggles at Everton and it brought my thoughts around to EH. One if the rings I loved, even before he got the job, was the fact that he had studied the club and the players and had a plan to get the best out of them. I guess the proof is in the pudding and it’s working.
    I wonder if lampard had done anything like before he took the job, or other managers, come to that.

  • Davas

    Mar 9, 2022 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #26

    Rings = things

  • Adamn_92

    Mar 9, 2022 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #27


    Good interview with Joelinton:

    “To help Newcastle win titles and do great things. I’m happy here, very pleased for the fans.

    “I love the city, my life is good and I hope to stay here for many years.”

  • Regan

    Mar 9, 2022 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #28

    Good to see you back on lad..

    Right I’m away..

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 9, 2022 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #29

    I would like to know which striker everyone thought we would sign with Premier league experience who wanted to come and also their club would sell to us?

    Woods release clause meant Burnley had no choice also because of his age and profile he will be happy to be a backup striker for a few seasons

    Kane, Jesus, PEA, Salah, Firmino no chance don’t want to come here

    Martial, Rashford, Watkins,Ings, Calvert Lewin Bamford all out of form or injured at the time

    Origi could possibly have been an option but he isn’t that good and seems happy to be a backup

    Pukki isn’t very good and Armstrong or Toney are still unproven

    So there wasn’t really that many options

    Okay Weghorst seems decent but the club obviously didn’t rate him or he didn’t want to join at the time and would he be happy as a backup next season

  • Triflelady

    Mar 10, 2022 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #30


  • Little Davey off the Bog

    Mar 10, 2022 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #31



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