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Howe Provides Fitness Updates On Five Magpies As Well As Midfielder’s Contract Saga

Eddie Howe has pledged Newcastle will finish this season strongly after the season’s aim of safety was reached last night. There are still two matches remaining on the schedule with Arsenal next on the agenda.

The Gunners will come to an electric St. James’ Park on Monday night. Their mood could depend a lot on how tonight’s North London Derby goes. A win and they will have clinched a Champions League place.

Newcastle are coming off of two defeats against title challengers Liverpool and Manchester City. Howe received a boost with Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson returning in cameo roles at The Etihad.

The duo looked sharp and could play major roles in how well this season ends. Newcastle’s next challenge is to eclipse last season’s points total of 45. A win on Monday will do that.

Howe was asked about his star duo during this morning’s press conference. This was his response:

“Both players would say they’re very keen to start but my job is to make sure I’m doing what’s best for the team.

“We’ve got to make sure they’re fit enough to last a long period in the game. We’ll make a decision based on the training week.”

Newcastle get an extra few days of training with the match coming at the start of next week. Hopefully, Kieran and Callum come through the training sessions unscathed and are able to start the match.

Unfortunately, as two stars return a couple of key players have been lost for the rest of the season. Both Joe Willock and Jonjo Shelvey have been ruled out for the final two matches through injury.

Howe explained both of their situations this morning while confirming they will be back in time for the pre-season:

“Jonjo has quite a serious calf injury, which is similar to the one he sustained at the start of the season.

“He’ll be out for a period of time but we expect him back for pre-season with no problems.

“Joe has had an issue with a tendon in his knee for a while. We thought we’d solved the problem but it’s come back.

“He needs a period of rest, he’s had a couple of injections, but we anticipate he’ll be fine for pre-season.”

A place in the starting eleven has been opened up for local lad Sean Longstaff. The 24-year-old started at Manchester City but has found it difficult in breaking into Howe’s team this year.

There was talk yesterday that Longstaff is reluctant to sign a new contract due to his lack of playing time. However, Howe was asked about Longstaff and he expressed confidence that an agreement will be reached saying:

“I expect a positive resolution from Sean. Fingers crossed it’s very close to being done. I don’t check on it day to day but I’m hopeful.”

Finally, there is a positive update on Ryan Fraser, who has been out of action for over a month. The winger has returned to training and is likely to be in contention for Monday. Howe provided the following on Ryan’s return after his hamstring injury:

“Ryan returned to training yesterday which is great to see. He trained very well so fingers crossed he’s fine.”

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18 comments so far

  • TOMT

    May 12, 2022 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #1


  • TOMT

    May 12, 2022 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #2

    NOW that we are officially safe in the league do we dare to dream

  • TOMT

    May 12, 2022 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #3


    Happy belated birthday mate hope you had a goodun .

  • TOMT

    May 12, 2022 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #4

    everyone still in bed

  • Raj of Hailsley

    May 12, 2022 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #5

    I think Gayle will likely be paid half his contract up and surely he’d be happy with that, I think a lot of them will have to have their contracts settled. We’ve a lot of players who I’d described as being in limbo. Not quite good enough for the PL but unfortunately on PL wages, they’re not going to take £15/20K a week pay cuts just to play football. I’m really not sure what a fair offer is but you’d have thought paying half would be enough to tempt them to find other clubs.

  • TOMT

    May 12, 2022 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #6

    happy thursday to all

  • Wor B

    May 12, 2022 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #7

    Just imagine, Eddie comes out for his presser in a Hawaiian shirt, sporting a Joelinton haircut with highlights, rubs his Cuban cigar maniacally like a Batman villain and says…

    Mwahahaha, this is where the fun starts, we are going to go bonkers in the transfer market!!!


  • Raj of Hailsley

    May 12, 2022 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Wor B,
    Ha ha ha, could he do it in a really bad Tony Montana accent as well 😀


    May 12, 2022 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #9


    From last post…

    Agreed, but a plan will be in place, it’s probably a corkscrew trajectory, but Eddie seems meticulous, doesn’t he?
    Personally, i think he’s done an unbelievable job of rebuilding the player’s confidence and therefore, their value as footballers.
    He’s somehow managed to defy all previous bad vibes and show they’re all solid pros, worthy of consideration.


    May 12, 2022 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Cheers tom.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    May 12, 2022 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #11

    Off for dinner, in a while alligators 😀

  • Small World

    May 12, 2022 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #12

    There was a discussion on here yesterday about the relative merits of ASM and Peter Beardsley as players.

    I am sure ASM can only dream of having a comparison such this one –


  • Cool Hand Luke

    May 12, 2022 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #13

    For wor b


    An elderly couple who are both widowed have been courting for a long time.

    They decide it’s finally time to get married. Before the wedding, they go out to dinner and talk about how their marriage might work.

    They discuss finances, living arrangements and so on.

    Finally, the man broaches the subject of their physical relationship.

    “How do you feel about sex?” he asks, rather tentatively.

    “I would like it infrequently,” replies the old lady.

    The old gentleman sits quietly for a moment, adjusts his glasses, leans over towards her and whispers: “Is that one word or two?

  • Wor B

    May 12, 2022 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #14

    CH Luke


  • Wor B

    May 12, 2022 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m off for dinner as well, but not with Jail mind!

    We have separate tables.


  • The Mighty Quinn

    May 12, 2022 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #16

    Fingers crossed he’s not about to sign a new contract. Let him go Eddie we don’t need him, he’s not good enough.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    May 12, 2022 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #17

    “We are ambitious & the club has huge plans in the future, but for now it’s small steps. We need to improve, get better as a team, come back & go again. I know everyone wants to go quickly but it’s very difficult to do.”

    Chelsea and Man City managed it, in case you hadn’t noticed Eddie. This “small steps” mentality is a crock.


    May 12, 2022 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #18

    Small world.

    Excellent mate.
    No comparison, hey?

    Maxi needs to check that vid!
    Then work in his end product.


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