Newcastle United provide 'slightly unclear' injury update on Anthony Gordon, Sean Longstaff & Martin Dubravka

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Newcastle United provide injury update on Anthony Gordon, Sean Longstaff & Martin Dubravka.

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe remained coy over Anthony Gordon and Sean Longstaff's fitness but admitted it is "slightly unclear" if Martin Dubravka is available to face AC Milan (kick-off 8pm).

The Magpies must beat Milan and hope Paris Saint-Germain drop points away to Borussia Dortmund in order to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League. A draw would be enough to secure a place in the Europa League but a defeat would see them exit Europe altogether.

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Eddie Howe's squad trained at their Benton training base on Tuesday morning, where the TV cameras were invited to film the opening 15 minutes. And footage from Sky Sports showed no sign of Sean Longstaff, Anthony Gordon and Martin Dubravka.

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Callum Wilson and Longstaff made their respective returns from injury against Tottenham Hotspur as 65th-minute substitutes on Sunday, while Gordon and Dubravka both started the game.

Longstaff had been sidelined for a month with an ankle issue and there have been suggestions Dubravka, deputising for the injured Nick Pope, is carrying a shoulder knock.

Asked if the trio were fit to face Milan, Howe gave a coy response. He said: "Yes and no. You can read anything you want into it. We’re two days after a game so we’re trying to manage players."

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Then asked directly if Dubravka is fit, Howe replied: "That is slightly unclear."

Loris Karius is on standby in what would be only his second Newcastle appearance after the Carabao Cup final.

Howe said: "It’s not really a position I want to rotate, to be honest. Every team benefits from having a settled goalkepeer and back four - that’s always been my way of working with my defensive structure. But let’s see what tomorrow brings."

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