Allan Saint-Maximin misses Newcastle United’s trip to Brentford as Eddie Howe names starting XI

Eddie Howe has named his Newcastle United starting XI against Brentford.

<p>Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin. </p>

Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin.

Newcastle United are unchanged from the 1-1 draw with West Ham United as Allan Saint-Maximin’s absence continues.

The Frenchman returned to France this week for “intensive, specialised treatment” on a calf injury sustained against Aston Villa.

Eddie Howe said a “late call” would be made on Saint-Maximin’s availability - and he is not present at the Brentford Community Stadium.

It was the second game running the 24-year-old has missed - joining key players Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson on the sidelines.

Jacob Murphy continues in his place with Ryan Fraser recovering from cramp to start in West London.

Javier Manquillo is back on the squad on the bench as Emil Krafth retains his right-back slot.

There is still no first start for £35million January signing Bruno Guimaraes following the strong form of Joelinton, Jonjo Shelvey and Joe Willock in midfield.

Newcastle United XI: Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Burn, Targett, Shelvey, Willock, Joelinton, Fraser, Murphy, Wood.