Newcastle United injury ‘complaint’ as full-back doubtful to face Aston Villa

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Newcastle United injury news as Eddie Howe confirms new concern.

Newcastle United were without Javier Manquillo for their final game of pre-season through injury.

Eddie Howe’s side ended their preparations for the new Premier League campaign with a 4-0 win over La Liga side Villarreal, which saw the Magpies lift the Sela Cup at St James’ Park.

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The likes of Nick Pope, Dan Burn, Joelinton, Bruno Guimaraes, Sean Longstaff, Callum Wilson and Harvey Barnes started the game but Howe was unable to field a recognised right-back after Kieran Trippier played 24 hours earlier.

Newcastle United full-back Javier Manquillo. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Newcastle United full-back Javier Manquillo. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Newcastle United full-back Javier Manquillo. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Asked about Manquillo’s absence, Howe revealed: “Just a slight groin complaint with Javier. We hope it’s nothing serious.”

Jacob Murphy dropped into right-back but still managed to get on the scoresheet. The 28-year-old opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a thunderous strike.

“Jacob did that role for us last year, wherever I played him, whether it be left, right, on the wing, various positions, he was excellent for us and his attitude absolutely epitomised the squad,” said Howe.

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“A brilliant team player and I thought he was outstanding today in that right-back position and he had no complaints doing it so full credit to him.”

Murphy helped his defence - also including Jamaal Lascelles, Dan Burn and Paul Dummett - record a clean sheet with further goals coming from new signing Harvey Barnes x2 and Joelinton.

Newcastle host Aston Villa in their Premier League opener on Saturday (kick-off 5:30pm).

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