Newcastle United confirm pre-Manchester United injury boost as six players set to return

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Newcastle United injury update ahead of Manchester United’s visit to St James’ Park.

Eddie Howe is set to have the majority of his Newcastle United squad available for Sunday afternoon’s Premier League clash against Manchester United (kick-off 4:30pm).

Heading into the international break, several Magpies players had been nursing injuries but the two-week period, where Howe’s side spent six days in Dubai, has allowed most to recover.

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The Newcastle head coach confirmed Fabian Schar, Nick Pope, Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin are expected to be in contention this weekend.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Nick Pope. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)Newcastle United goalkeeper Nick Pope. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Newcastle United goalkeeper Nick Pope. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Sven Botman has recovered from food poisoning, which forced him to withdraw from the Netherlands squad last week, while Joelinton is back from his two-match ban.

Anthony Gordon could also return after missing the last two matches with an ankle injury. However, Miguel Almiron and Emil Krafth remained sidelined.

Here’s the full injury transcript from Howe at this morning’s press conference:

How well-timed was the break?

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“I think it’s been good for some players. It gave us an opportunity to rest a couple that were carrying niggles and problems.

“Fabian [Schar] would be a prime example of someone that has played through pain and different things. It came at a good time for him and Anthony Gordon to improve his injury and try to get him closer to returning.”

Will Anthony Gordon be available against Man United?

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“I don’t know the answer to that currently. He did a very small part of training on Wednesday. We’ll see how he has responded to that today.”

What about Nick Pope?

“Nick felt a problem in his thigh after the Wolves games. He didn’t train in preparation for the Nottingham Forest game but completed the game with some discomfort.

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“He didn’t train in Dubai but has trained this week, so the signs are good.”

Joelinton back - how good is that?

“It’s huge. Joe’s a huge presence, not just physically but the other lads know how good of a player he is. So to have him back among the squad is a huge boost for us. He’s been very consistent this season, a huge player for us, very versatile.

“To have him back is a big lift but as you say, the other players in his absence have performed very well. It’s great to have competition for players.”

Are Allan Saint-Maximin & Callum Wilson OK?

Th latest on Newcastle’s team news ahead of the clash with Manchester United. Credit: Getty.Th latest on Newcastle’s team news ahead of the clash with Manchester United. Credit: Getty.
Th latest on Newcastle’s team news ahead of the clash with Manchester United. Credit: Getty. | AFP via Getty Images

“Callum’s trained. Maxi’s trained. They’re both in good form, very positive.”

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Can you explain Sven Botman’s situation - will he be fit for Sunday?

“Sven, I think, suffered food poisoning - quite a nasty bout of illness. I don’t think he was alone in the Holland camp, there were few players suffering the same thing.

“He left the camp early to try and get himself back up to speed. He has trained with us since he returned, so he should be fine.”

How close is Wilson to be physically ready to play to his top level?

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"I’ve seen Callum really use the break wisely. He rested initially and then trained and he’s trained really hard and looked really good.

“He really needed a period of training and it’s really difficult to do that amongst games because obviously I need players fresh to play so obviously you can’t work them in the way you want them.

“There’s a lot of recovery and focus on the next game, but we had a 16-game period which I think Callum has utilised. Hopefully we can get him back to his best."

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