Eddie Howe was asked about the injury situation this week, which seems to be almost the first question every week from our local journalists.
This is how Eddie responded this week to that question:
“Callum has trained well this week – we are really pleased with him. I thought he did very well with the 45-minute cameo he got against Luton. Harvey has worked incredibly hard; it has been frustrating for him.”
“You saw his quality, what a finish on his wrong side. In that moment, it kind of showed us what we have missed.”
” Anthony Gordon hasn’t trained this week but we don’t think the injury is serious. We hope he is back sooner rather than later.
“Alex (isak) won’t make this game, we hope he won’t be too far away, we don’t have a fixed date yet. He is making good progress.”
“They (Joe Willock and Elliot Anderson) are doing well – Joe is in the final stage of rehab and Elliot is not too far away.”
Callum looks like he’s almost ready to start and with Isak, he tends to take longer to recover from injuries than initially thought.
Harvey Barnes is essentially back to full fitness and he looked good last weekend and scored an excellent opportunist goal on his first appearance for months.
As Howe said last week, Willock and Anderson are working their way back to full fitness, but it’s been a long time out for both players.
Anyway, the good news is that we are getting the players back and we hope Newcastle can climb the league table and at least get into the Europa League for next season.
We also have a decent chance of doing well in this season’s FA Cup and are at Blackburn Rovers later this month in the 5th round.