Eddie Howe issues Joelinton update ahead of Newcastle United v Fulham selection call

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Newcastle United will consider removing Joelinton from the starting XI for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Fulham.

Joelinton could be removed from Newcastle United’s starting XI against Fulham on Sunday after being arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

The 26-year-old was stopped by Northumbria Police at about 1:20am on Thursday, January 12 and has now been charged with driving while above the prescribed limit for alcohol.

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Joelinton is due to appear in court in Newcastle on Thursday, January 26.

Howe is considering taking the Brazilian out of the team to face Fulham at St James’ Park.

Newcastle United star Joelinton.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Newcastle United star Joelinton.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Newcastle United star Joelinton. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Howe said: “I’m going to have to reflect and analyse that. I’ll make a decision closer to the game in consultation with him. I’m not 100 per-cent sure yet.”

The United head coach added: “It came very much as a shock. It’s a difficult situation.

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“Joe is very remorseful and was very upset yesterday. I think he knows the seriousness of the situation. I can’t go into too much detail out of respect for the case but I think he understands his responsibilities and we’re now in a position where we are supporting him.

“We also understand as a football club the seriousness of the situation.”

Asked if Newcastle will punish Joelinton, Howe said: “Everything will be dealt with internally. Certainly, looking at Joe as a person, I’ve said from day one since my interaction with him that he’s a very, very good professional.

“He’s hugely passionate about his football career and club. I was very much surprised by what happened. We will back him and support him, while also educating him and helping him at this moment, which I think is hugely important because he is young and everyone makes mistakes.

“It’s important we don’t overreact.”

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