Newcastle United double injury concern as £75m duo a doubt to face Brighton and Hove Albion
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Sven Botman and Joelinton were forced off during the Magpies’ late 2-1 defeat to 10-man Liverpool last Sunday and are doubts heading into the game at the Amex Stadium. Botman landed awkwardly on his ankle after challenging for a header, while Joelinton picked up a knee problem.
Neither player had trained prior to Eddie Howe’s pre-match press conference on Friday morning and the Magpies’ head coach revealed a late call will be made on their fitness.
“Sven’s had a scan and the scan doesn’t appear too good so there is definitely an injury there but actually it presents OK,” said Howe. “It’s not presenting too bad, it’s very bruised and a little swollen.
“He’s been very lightly jogging this week so we’ll see how he is today and make a decision before the weekend. Small chance [he’ll be involved v Brighton], yes.”
Asked about Joelinton, Howe added: “Again, another player we’re going to make a late decision on. He hasn’t trained this week, very similar to Sven has been doing some light jogging but is feeling better each day and we’ll make a late call.”
Newcastle head to the Amex Stadium having not won on any of their last six visits. Brighton won both opening games against Luton Town and Wolves via a 4-1 scoreline but suffered a surprise home defeat to West Ham United last weekend.
“I think they’re a very interesting team,” said Howe. “Roberto (De Zerbi) has done an amazing job. He’s a very unique coach in the way he gets his teams to play. Not many, or any, coaches I’ve seen like him and the style of play is very good.
“They’re very ball-dominated and clever with how they set their teams up. He and his players deserve a lot of credit what what they’ve done and achieved last season. They’ve started this season well.
“They’ve been brilliant for the Premier League. The way they’ve played the game, under Graham Potter and now under Roberto De Zerbi, has been a breath of fresh air. They’ve done it a really certain style and a very good football team, very attack-minded who have surprised people.”
Meanwhile, Howe’s side have lost back-to-back games against Manchester City and Liverpool after winning their opener at home to Aston Villa 5-1.