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Eddie Howe Provides Fitness Update As Break Begins



Newcastle have departed to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp after the 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest on Friday. The international break has come at a good time with many Magpies struggling with injury concerns.

The latest casualty is Miguel Almiron who suffered a thigh injury in training. The Athletic is reporting that Almiron will be lost for six weeks with the injury. Newcastle will have to soldier on through a congested April without their leading goalscorer.

Eddie Howe spoke on the injury concerns plaguing his squad after yesterday’s victory. He revealed that Allan Saint-Maximin was withdrawn at halftime with a tight hamstring. He also touched on why he didn’t introduce Callum Wilson in the second half saying:

“Allan wasn’t quite right today, physically, I didn’t think. He’s been carrying a tight hamstring. I don’t think it’s a pull, it’s just a little bit of tightness. For me, it was obvious during that first half that he probably wouldn’t be able to carry on.

“I didn’t want to expose Callum today, he hasn’t done a lot of training, so I decided to go with Elliot and he repaid me, he did really well. Hopefully, we’ll have Callum and Maxi fit and available after the international break.

“Fabian’s been carrying lots of different things in the last few weeks. He’s been carrying a foot problem and also had concussion, so I think it’s just a chance for him to rest his body and go again.”

Fabian Schar took a nasty challenge in the opening minutes yesterday but was able to see out the match. The defender has been a warrior this season and pulled out of the Swiss squad to get some rest for a lingering foot problem.

For Wilson, he’s struggled with illness numerous times this season. Howe added that he is also carrying some muscle tightness so it makes sense he stuck with Alexander Isak to the end at the City Ground.

He is some more from Howe on Wilson:

“He [Wilson] had a small bout of illness and then just a little bit of tightness, general tightness, no injury.

“But with Callum, I think we have to be very careful with him and make sure he’s available for the rest of the season.

“Callum’s a top professional. And he is driven more than anybody that I’ve ever worked with, so he will see Alex performing as he has done tonight and he’ll be delighted for Alex and the team.

“But it’ll only make his resolve even stronger to fight for that place.”

Hopefully, for the massive match against Manchester United at St. James’ Park after the break Howe will only be without Emil Krafth and Almiron. Getting Anthony Gordon, Wilson, Saint-Maximin, and Schar fully fit for April could be key.

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302 comments so far

  • magicmac54

    Mar 18, 2023 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #121

    The weekend is just getting better as i didn`t realise Spurs only drew until Assassins mentioned it in his post, the last i checked the score was about 4-45pm and they were leading 2-3 so just assumed they had won, well done Southampton and happy days 😀 😀

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  • The Taco Taker

    Mar 18, 2023 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #122

    Oh Regan your one is a different one – he seems calmer there but now watching that one too.

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  • NY Mag

    Mar 18, 2023 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #123

    Taco @113

    Everton (or at least there owner) did have the funds to build the stadium….but now he’s under economic sanctions in the UK.

    Essentially he is persona non grata.

    So they are having to search for alternative funding.

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  • Regan

    Mar 18, 2023 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #124

    Taco..
    There’s a couple of videos on..
    Wasn’t sure which one people wanted mate..

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 18, 2023 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #125

    Oh dear 😀

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  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Mar 18, 2023 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #126

    The one of him sitting at the table is the 10 minute one

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 18, 2023 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #127

    Antonio Conte: “I see a lot of selfish players and I don’t see a team”

    Terrible!!!

    Play some of the worst football despite having a world class goal scorer

    They would be mid table without Kane and Son carrying them every season can’t wait till we overtake them

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 18, 2023 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #128

    As much as TDS likes to poke a bear, he has every right to admire other clubs. Some comments were on here earlier of guys from other clubs admiring nufc and hoping we make Europe.

    That said , maybe I’m simplistic but I fkin hate them all and wish nothing but misfortune on them.

    City….not the worst but have an entitled fan base
    Man U ….I just fkin hate them…fk off ye cnuts
    Arsenal …their shithead manager and arrogant fans…fk off
    Chelsea …Despise the Irish and buy everyone….fk right off
    Spurs ….did everything they cud to stop the Saudis….and Harry Kane….I mean fk right off
    Liverpool….Ara Jesus, horrible bstards, and…Klopp…..just fk off

    So yep, I hate them all 🙂

    Join me TDS!

    Healthy and normal attitude 🙂

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 18, 2023 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #129

    ATiI,
    Cheers, that’s the first time I’ve used a VPN for regional stuff, quite clever isn’t it 😀

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 18, 2023 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #130

    Onmeed, fair win for Ireland. England unlucky to get a guy sent off but created little.limited team and we deserved the win.

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  • The Taco Taker

    Mar 18, 2023 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #131

    NY, fair point. That is true aside from the fact Ushmanov was never actually the owner at least on paper, more of a ‘silent partner’. Moshiri owns 94% of Everton. You are correct though Ushmanov is the initial cause of the funding gap.

    Regan, your video was good too I hadn’t seen that one.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Mar 18, 2023 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #132

    Apologies to Maxi for suggesting he might have been hooked for not running around enough. I was actually misled by that nabob of negativity Ando, in one of his typical moments of cynicism. 😉 Even so, I was offside there. C’mon Maxi! Go you good thing. 🙂

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  • The Taco Taker

    Mar 18, 2023 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #133

    Today is even better that we thought. Not only did Spurs and Chelsea not win Spurs are going to be in turmoil. Hope they dont get a decent replacement till well after the international break.

    😀

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #134

    Munster – haha! You’re welcome to say you hate them if you choose! I try to reserve that word for more serious topics but I have to say that I seriously dislike Chelsea as a club. I can’t think of a single part of Chelsea FC that I like to be honest and very few things that I ever admired about that club. Drogba and peak Hazard come to mind but very few things…

    Chelsea do have an amazing squad now though, far better than ours on paper. Which makes it even funnier and more pleasurable that we’re miles ahead of them!! 🙂

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  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #135

    Alright…back to work. Then driving down to Nashville for a wedding tomorrow. Catch up again later. Night all.

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  • onmeedsun

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #136

    Munster
    You may have still won against 15, but I’d like to have seen that contest. Hard to create much with a man down, but I agree that Englands backs lack a cutting edge. But we did score a try with 14. I think the RFU need a radical rethink on how they develop young players for their first team. The premiership structure of clubs is actually holding us back. Ireland pick most of their players from a small cluster of Dublin based public schools and Leinster. Most of the Irish players play for Leinster so their interplay is finely tuned. England perhaps have too many players and they play in different systems.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #137

    Taco – has Conte gone??

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  • magicmac54

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #138

    To be honest i didn`t see anything controversial that Conte said in that link Regan put up to be honest, he was more or less stating the truth as Spurs have definitely had a soft underbelly for quite a number of years and usually always flatter to deceive and have no real character in their team.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #139

    It really couldn’t have gone any better in terms of results this weekend

    If we could beat Man Utd it really would put the pigeon amongst the cats haha

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  • The Taco Taker

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #140

    Not yet TDS, but it seems inevitable – and before the end of the season.

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  • The Taco Taker

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #141

    Magic, check my link….

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #142

    Onmeed, you have more referees in England than other countries have players.

    You have the biggest playing base in the world,you can have little complaint.

    This Irish team would beat England home or away 15v15

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  • NY Mag

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #143

    Taco,

    It’s just a discussion point.
    Everton like man city before them have tried to circumvent the rules..the PL board have tried to close those loopholes.

    I just find it very ironic that after our and many other clubs justified outcry many people on this blog think it’s OK to essentially do the same thing 🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #144

    I’ll give England credit for a brave performance though.

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  • NY Mag

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #145

    Any toon,

    Yeehaa…..enjoy mate
    (At least it’ll be warmer down there)

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  • The Taco Taker

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #146

    In both videos he blames everyone except himself/former coaches and the fans. The one Regan posted is more subtle but I did note the one group he made an exception to not blame was coaches past and present.

    The more I think of it the more I wonder if it better for us if he stays until the end of the season? Can’t see that though. I reckon he is gone now.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #147

    Tds I also hate Everton, big style

    Don’t like Villa either

    Shower of spithead.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #148

    *shitheads

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  • Apex Predator

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #149

    Richarlison injured after 3 mins

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  • onmeedsun

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #150

    Munster
    I think they would beat us but let’s see the contest. The red card was ridiculous. Keenan was lowering his height and Steward is 6’5 and expected to avoid contact in a milli second. If there was intent then fair enough, but players in situations like that should be left on the pitch so fans can see a contest. It makes a big difference in top level rugby. The record books won’t reflect any of that of course and a grand slam is rare, so any fan would accept anything to get one. But a hollow victory. You have to hope you haven’t peaked too early for the WC. England have no chance in that. Hard to see beyond a French win really.

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  • The Taco Taker

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #152

    NY Mag,

    I think we have similar views. To me I don’t want us to play underhand cards to get success that will be constantly called into question. It tarnishes anything we acheive.

    So far we are doing an excellent job of spending wisely and within our realistic means – we will get success via the snowball effect I think.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #153

    Munster – I don’t think much of Everton to be honest, they’re a nothing team to me. Villa? A good mate from University supported them and I always thought they should be more successful in the PL as the biggest team in England’s 2nd biggest city. I don’t have strong feelings for them either way. I tend to have a soft spot for clubs where I’ve lived in that city (and gone to the games) or when a good friend supports them.

    Oh…West Ham…not a fan of them and never have been.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #154

    Hollow victory my arse, what a heap of crap. I agree it wasn’t red, but the full back got himself into a really bad body position and Keenan was in a normal movement. We’d have won either way, 15 or 14.

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  • The Taco Taker

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #155

    TDS, have to say I am similar. The teams I have a soft spot for tend to be related to places I have lived or have a family connection to.

    The teams I keep an eye on are:
    – Tranmere Rovers
    – York City
    – Kendal Town
    – Stoke City
    – VfB Stuttgart

    I must be cursed! Bloody Stuttgart even won the Bundesliga literally the season after I left Germany.

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  • NY Mag

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #156

    Taco,

    Agreed, totally spot on mate (thumbsupemoji)

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #157

    Taco – Spurs are just being Spursey though. They could beat Man City in an electric display one week and then…well…concede 2 more goals to Southampton after being 3-1 up!

    Many of their players (not Kane or Son) are just inconsistent. They can be amazing one week and pretty damn poor the next. Not sure why they haven’t been able to fix that!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #158

    Taco – I have a soft spot for Wolves, Forest, Charlton, West Brom, and Malaga for various reasons. I lived in Malaga for a while and attended a European fixture that I think was their first ever season in Europe.

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  • NY Mag

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #159

    TDS,

    That sounds like the definition of inconsistency…..bodes quite well for us 🙂

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  • magicmac54

    Mar 18, 2023 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #160

    The Taco Taker

    Hi Taco lad, I have just watched your video link mate, and while it`s slightly different to Regan`s link i still agree with everything he said as he was just being passionate and telling a few home truths !!! Spurs simply don`t have what the Toon have in terms of commitment determination desire professionalism and last but not least character, they haven`t had it for years Taco, hence the reason i mentioned in my post about them having a soft underbelly mate. But at the end of the day even if he gets the sack for just being honest he still walks away with a very lucrative cheque in his back pocket such is the craziness of football.

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