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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 He revealed that Allan Saint-Maximin was withdrawn at halftime with a tight hamstring.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

  • niafron

    Mar 19, 2023 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #281


    I hope you have enjoyed Saint Patrick’s day and the grand slam!

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 19, 2023 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #282

    Football (and Pug) blog everyone. I am a bit tired of the politics.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 19, 2023 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #283

    More happy tweets….have a goo at this 🙂


  • Munster Mag

    Mar 19, 2023 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #284

    Niafron et Al

    Yes lads I enjoyed the weekend. Paddy’s Day was fine. Was in a parade with my u13s 🙂 . Then stunning Toon win. Then my u13s won 7-0. Then Ireland won. Too much booze this w/e though…:)

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 19, 2023 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #285

    Jail! That is not remotely funny. Start of an Int. break causes havoc. 🙂

  • niafron

    Mar 19, 2023 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #286



    Despite the fact France had still hope to win the tournament, we were very happy for you, first this is a well deserved victory, second, we are very fond of irish people.

  • Ronway

    Mar 19, 2023 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #287

    I’m not sure if this was previously posted after the game against Nottingham Forest but it’s an interesting look at the player ratings in the first half to compare with their overall match ratings.


  • Munster Mag

    Mar 19, 2023 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #288

    Thank you Niafron, I love France too and the French. Lived in France twice as a student. Montaubon and Chartres. They like their rugby in the sud 🙂

  • Apex Predator

    Mar 19, 2023 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #289
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 19, 2023 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #290

    Anybody heard of a company called Zurele.com, they’ve got an Airfryer that sounds too cheap to be true, not joking here.
    What’s the old saying, when something is too good to be true……..

  • Davas

    Mar 19, 2023 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #291

    Nothing like the feeling of a last minute winner to lift the spirits as opposed to how Chelsea and spurs must have felt with last minute equalisers against them.. 🙂

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Mar 19, 2023 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #293


  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Mar 19, 2023 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #294

    I hated Blair too for Iraq, but the Tories voted for that war in far greater numbers than Labour so strange logic to switch. Also your both sides of the ailse comment doesn’t ring true. The right wing press (Mail etc) were gung ho in support as were the majority of their readers. Although once the damage was done and the lies were proven they and their readers changed their tune. Then repeated their folly with Afghanistan.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Mar 19, 2023 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #295


  • Munster Mag

    Mar 19, 2023 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #296

    I don’t even know what an airfryer looks like lads ffs. I’m living in the 80s

  • Apex Predator

    Mar 19, 2023 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #297

    12 and 13 year old girls stab to death a 12 yr old girl in Germany but cant be prosecuted because they are under 14. Joke of a law

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 19, 2023 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #298

    Jesus that’s shocking

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 19, 2023 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #299

    Howay lads n lasses, can anyone do their homework on this company for me.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Mar 19, 2023 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #300

    Our boys who are not on international duty will go to Dubal on cloud 9 and wind in their sails. Eddie will get them really focused for the final lap of the season. It is critical that they really get focused on the last remaining games. We have manure up next (must win) and we will be well and truly prepared and up for this battle straight after the international break. I can see a huge win to really get us prepared and up for the remaining games left of the season.

    If we get a good win against manure I can see us finishing above them and spuds as we will have the momentum and also I can see us beating spuds @ SJP. I think a top 4 finish is our destiny and in our hands, it’s why I believe with the dressing room togetherness and harmony will get us over the line. Then the summer transfer window will be like no other IMO, it will be enough to have a squad depth to have us battling on 4 fronts. Great times are ahead of us that I’m convinced about. 🙂

  • Davas

    Mar 19, 2023 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #301


    I’m no expert but a quick Google shows nothing about the company plus the contact address is a private house.

  • 9

    Mar 19, 2023 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #302

    Fenham @ 300,
    Love the optimism and share it, but you’ve gone over the top. We have, clearly, overperformed so far. I hope this can continue and we end up 4th = Champions League. Unfortunately, we are not prepared for CL, as you know, but nor will we be prepared for it if it happens next season. You over estimate our financial potential in the summer. We just need to rein back such over optimism. Have some patience, we are way ahead of programme (due to our magnificent manager), this over performance can’t be maintained. If we get CL this year, that will be truly amazing, but, fact, we won’t be ready for it.

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