Eddie Howe reveals when Newcastle United will fly to Dubai amid long Premier League break
Newcastle United are heading to Dubai for their second warm-weather training camp of the year.
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Newcastle United will fly to Dubai today for a warm-weather training camp, Eddie Howe has confirmed.
Following an intense period of three away games in seven days, the Magpies aren’t now back in competitive action for another fortnight.
United were due to face Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon, however Palace are in FA Cup quarter-final action before the March international break commences.
Rather than stay on Tyneside in preparation for the visit to Tottenham Hotspur on April 3 - 16 days away - Howe wants to utilise another trip abroad.
Howe’s men travelled to Saudi Arabia in January and the move certainly brought the squad closer together, sparking a remarkable turnaround.
Newcastle were in the Premier League relegation zone before heading to the Gulf state but now sit nine points outside it amid an unbeaten nine-game run.
It has been reported that United are expected to stay at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex, a renowned top-class facility that recently hosted Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, but that has not been confirmed by the club.
Howe is hopeful of arranging a friendly whilst in the Middle East, just like he did in Saudi Arabia when Newcastle beat Saudi Pro League leaders Al-Ittihad 2-1.
Eddie Howe confirms Dubai departure date
“We go tomorrow (Friday),” Howe said, speaking after the 1-0 defeat to 10-man Everton. “We will train, no game planned currently but that doesn’t mean we won’t.
“Injured players are coming with us,” Howe said, which includes Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson.
“We’re trying to build a spirit and unity that we feel will be hugely important for the remaining games. All players will go.”
Discussing the prospect of going abroad last week, Howe added: “We’re looking at taking the group somewhere to build, really, on what we did in Saudi, which was a really, really good few days for us.
“I think it really did unite the squad. I think the players felt that, came back and the results were very strong, and the spirit was very good off the back of that.”