Newcastle United handed double injury boost v Leicester City as key man returns to starting XI

Newcastle United have been handed a double injury boost for their Premier League clash against Leicester City.
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Newcastle United are set to welcome back Jacob Murphy and Sean Longstaff for the visit of Leicester City to St James’ Park this evening (kick-off 8pm).

Following Thursday night’s 4-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion, coupled with Liverpool’s draw at home to Aston Villa, Eddie Howe’s men will seal Champions League qualification if they avoid defeat against the Foxes.

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And United have been handed a major pre-match boost. Although Joe Willock is expected to miss the rest of the campaign with a hamstring injury, Murphy and Longstaff return.

Newcastle United pair Jacob Murphy & Sean Longstaff. Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)Newcastle United pair Jacob Murphy & Sean Longstaff. Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)
Newcastle United pair Jacob Murphy & Sean Longstaff. Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)

Murphy dropped out of the starting XI for the 2-2 draw at Leeds United with a sore groin, which then forced him to sit out of the game against Brighton.

Longstaff, meanwhile, has missed matches against Southampton, Arsenal, Leeds United and Brighton after sustaining a foot injury in the 4-1 win at Everton on April 27.

Both players are back in the matchday squad tonight, and NewcastleWorld understands Longstaff is in line to start against relegation-threatened Leicester in place of the injured Willock.

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