Newcastle United’s head coach Eddie Howe has given a recent update on the injuries to three players.
Two of them are positive on Alexander Isak and Harvey Barnes, but mystery still seems to surround Sven Botman’s injury and it doesn’t seem like the medical staff have accurately identified Botman’s injury.
We had 10 players injured and two banned (Sandro Tonali and Bruno Guimaraes) for the 2-0 defeat last time out at Bournemouth.
And we should hopefully get at least Isak and Barnes back for the home game against Chelsea and also Bruno Guimaraes – after his one-match ban for picking up 5 yellow cards.
We really missed the creativity of Guimaraes in midfield last weekend and we are hoping he doesn’t pick up any injuries while playing for Brazil.
And of course, Almiron is now out with a grade one (slight) tear of his hamstring – one more problem for Howe.
This is what Eddie Howe has said lately about these 3 injuries:
“Alex is doing well,” Howe claimed. “He’s building up his load to make sure he’s robust enough to return. His fitness levels and his groin at the moment, touch wood, feels good.
“He’s on plan to return after the international break.”
“I think he’s (Harvey Barnes) just started running,” “He had to let his bone heal in his toe. Fingers crossed he’s on the right path. He’s probably one who won’t be too far away after the international break.”
“No massive news regarding Sven, he’s been progressing well,” “He’s been away in Holland getting specialist treatment there.”
“I think he’s back here so I’ll have a chat with him and see how he’s doing. Not to this level but it’s a difficult one because I don’t want to build it up any more than it is.”
“I want to focus on the players who are fit and available because they are good enough.”
23-year-old Botman picked up his knee injury way back on August 27th – that’s 79 days ago – over 11 weeks ago.
He was injured when 10-man Liverpool beat us 2-1 at home, and that injury doesn’t seem to be healing well: so that’s a massive 11 matches the Dutch U21 International has missed for us already this season.
Maybe Newcastle need to invest in some injury specialists like Rafa Benitez did, when he was head coach at Newcastle – it would be worth the money.
What do you think about these injuries – let us know in the comments.