Eddie Howe says Newcastle United have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s trip to Southampton. The Magpies head coach will, however, be forced into at least one change as Joelinton serves a one-match suspension.
Fabian Schar felt some discomfort in his hamstring during the 4-0 win over Aston Villa but Howe is hopeful the Switzerland defender will feature at St Mary’s. Howe also revealed Allan Saint-Maximin has enjoyed a full week of training.
The Frenchman could stake a claim to take Joelinton’s spot on the South Coast after completing his comeback from a hamstring injury with a cameo appearance against Villa last Saturday.
Howe explained: “New problems? No. I think we’ve had, as we always do, a few bumps and bruises but nothing too bad. We’ve come through with Allan OK after his little cameo. Jonjo is OK after his little cameo so the strength of the group is slowly returning.
“We have Emil (Krafth) Alex (Isak) and Matt Ritchie still out but apart from that, I think we’re in a good place.”
Howe confirmed Paul Dummett is edging closer to a return from a calf problem. He also expects Callum Wilson to be available, despite the 30-year-old saying he felt “a little run-down” on the BBC Footballer’s Football Podcast this week.
“Paul is getting closer,” Howe said. “He’s running and he’s seen a couple of specialists to find solutions for the muscle problems he’s been getting. He’s in a good place.”
On Wilson, Howe added: “I think he’s OK. He’s had a little cold. It’s funny how everything gets around, especially when you’re doing a podcast but fingers crossed he’ll be OK.”