Newcastle United press conference: Eddie Howe on injury latest, Sandro Tonali & Borussia Dortmund

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images
Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe has held his pre-Borussia Dortmund press conference.

Eddie Howe spoke to the media ahead of Newcastle United’s Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night (kick-off 8pm).

Here are the three main talking points from Howe’s press conference at St James’ Park:

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Howe on Dortmund...

Newcastle United's English striker #09 Callum Wilson (C) reacts with teammates as they attend a training session at the team's training facility in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, northeast England, on October 24, 2023 on the eve of their UEFA Champions League group F football match against Borussia Dortmund. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)Newcastle United's English striker #09 Callum Wilson (C) reacts with teammates as they attend a training session at the team's training facility in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, northeast England, on October 24, 2023 on the eve of their UEFA Champions League group F football match against Borussia Dortmund. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Newcastle United's English striker #09 Callum Wilson (C) reacts with teammates as they attend a training session at the team's training facility in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, northeast England, on October 24, 2023 on the eve of their UEFA Champions League group F football match against Borussia Dortmund. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

“It’s a tough game ahead. The beauty of the PSG game was the whole environment created by the supporters, but we need to forget that result. Take the confidence from it, but try to create that atmosphere all over again and for us try to re-create those intensity levels and quality of our play to try to win the game.

“It’s another real top test. This group was always going to be that way and it’s great to be involved in. We knew this would be a tough examination for us, this is a key period in it now. We’ve made a good start but we can’t get ahead of ourselves. This is a pivotal game in the group.”

Howe on injuries

Newcastle United’s English midfielder #23 Jacob Murphy (R) and Joe Willock (L) attend a training session at the team’s training facility in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, northeast England, on October 24, 2023 on the eve of their UEFA Champions League group F football match against Borussia Dortmund. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)Newcastle United’s English midfielder #23 Jacob Murphy (R) and Joe Willock (L) attend a training session at the team’s training facility in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, northeast England, on October 24, 2023 on the eve of their UEFA Champions League group F football match against Borussia Dortmund. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Newcastle United’s English midfielder #23 Jacob Murphy (R) and Joe Willock (L) attend a training session at the team’s training facility in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, northeast England, on October 24, 2023 on the eve of their UEFA Champions League group F football match against Borussia Dortmund. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

“Sandro Tonali is fit and fine. Joe Willock is getting closer with every day that passes and Sven Botman is still out. Apart from that we’re pretty similar to Saturday.

I think Alexander Isak is back to full fitness. He’s trained really well in the build up to this game so I’m delighted at where his career is at and where his performances have been for us. I’m sure Alex will want to do well because it’s our next game.”

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Howe on Tonali

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‘As far as I’m aware, I’m expecting him to be available. I will plan like that until told differently. I can’t second guess what will happen. He has trained today and is available.

“If that’s the case [UEFA don’t want him involved], you know more than I do. I know very little. I’ve been preparing for the game. So I will wait to hear if anything concrete comes through.

‘I haven’t [spoken to him about Saturday]. It was emotional for him. That was clear to see. That will help him long-term. He will always be able to reflect back into that love he got from the supporters when he really needed it. Hopefully, that will help his long-term relationship with the supporters.”

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