Newcastle United £40m star left behind as Eddie Howe’s squad travel to the United States

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Eddie Howe is hopeful Joelinton can link up with Newcastle United in the United States at a later date.

Eddie Howe and his Newcastle United squad are travelling to the United States today — without Joelinton.

The Brazilian missed the 2-1 win at Rangers on Tuesday night in the Allan McGregor Testimonial because of a visa issue. Joelinton was called to London and did not travel to America with his teammates on Wednesday morning.

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United will visit Philadelphia, Atlanta and New Jersey in a 10-day long trip where they will take on Aston Villa, Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion as part of the Premier League Summer Series.

Newcastle United star Joelinton. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)Newcastle United star Joelinton. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Newcastle United star Joelinton. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) | Getty Images

The first match is against Villa during the early hours on Monday morning (kick-off 12:00am) and Howe is hoping to have Joelinton back available. The 26-year-old, who could travel separately, is yet to feature in pre-season.

Explaining Joelinton’s absence at Ibrox, Howe said: “It was a late complication. Joe knew he had to go to London [Tuesday] because there was complications with the visa. We hope he can join us in America but he probably won’t come with us initially but within a couple of days.”

Joelinton last played when he represented Brazil for the first time in June against Guinea and Senegal.

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When back from the US, Newcastle take part in the inaugural Sela Cup, which will see them take on Fiorentina and Villarreal on August 5 and August 6 at St James’ Park. A week later, Howe’s open up the Premier League season versus Villa.

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