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Newcastle United predicted XI vs Brighton: Late fitness call as Joelinton & Nick Pope decision made

Newcastle United are hopeful of welcoming back another key player for this afternoon’s Premier League clash at home to Brighton and Hove Albion (kick-off 3pm).

For the 4-1 victory at Burnley last weekend, Joelinton and Miguel Almiron made their respective returns as second-half substitutes, while Nick Pope watched on from the bench.

And in a further boost, Kieran Trippier could also make his comeback today, although that is subject to a late fitness test.

"Kieran is getting closer; he has trained this week,” said Newcastle boss Eddie Howe yesterday. “It was the first time with the group. He trained well, it has been a good week for him. I will make a decision today whether he will be involved tomorrow."

Meanwhile, supporters are also eager to see Joelinton and Pope back in the starting line-up but Howe’s comments to the media in the build-up to the game suggest they may to wait until next week at the earliest.

“They’ve trained well,” Howe said about Joelinton and Almiron. ”It’s been a good week for them, they were able to get some good work into their bodies. And yeah, they’re still building their robustness I suppose - it’s probably the best way of putting it because you need the load behind you to enable you to stay fit. They’re two key players.”

On Pope, Howe told NewcastleWorld: “If both goalkeepers were 100% fit that’s a very difficult call but I think Nick is still building himself back to his very best levels and again, similar to the outfield players, building his robustness through training.

“Last week, for me, was very clear, Martin deserved to play and Nick is still finding his rhythm from a long-term injury. Nick has had a really good training week, I have to say, I think he’s been really good this week.

“He’s been the Nick Pope we’ve seen for the majority of his time at Newcastle so he’s certainly in a really good place and building his strength.”

With that in mind, here’s our predicted Newcastle United predicted starting XI to take on Brighton:

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