Newcastle released training images from Wednesday’s session. Eddie Howe was without two Magpies as Jonjo Shelvey and Kellands Watts continue to recover from their injuries. Fede Fernandez was not spotted in any pictures but the statement only listed Shelvey and Watts as injured.
Watts underwent the knife for a knee injury suffered early in pre-season. He was spotted in a video the club released for media day. Shelvey is expected to miss a couple of matches with a minor hamstring injury.
Javier Manquillo has also returned after receiving treatment in Spain for a groin problem. The Spaniard, Fede, and Jamal all have work to do to get fully fit after missing almost all of pre-season.
Howe won’t be short in any area for Nottingham Forest. With the window still open, Howe has a bloated squad until September which will help if any new injuries occur.
The lack of attacking additions has Newcastle vulnerable up front. Santiago Munoz has remained with the first team. He was involved in the training camp in Lisbon and also got a very brief cameo against Athletic Club.
Howe has a few selection dilemmas with goalkeeper, center-back, and midfield having some intense competitions for a start on Saturday. These final few days of preparation could be key for a few Magpies.