Newcastle United reveal ‘hidden’ injury concern after Leeds United draw

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The injury prevented Eddie Howe from bringing the Newcastle United winger off the bench at Leeds United.

Eddie Howe was forced to make one change from his Newcastle United’s starting XI for yesterday’s 2-2 draw at Leeds United.

Miguel Almiron returned to the fold at Elland Road in place of Jacob Murphy as the Magpies were denied a big three points in their quest for Champions League qualification.

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Luke Ayling opened the scoring for the hosts in the seventh minute but Patrick Bamford missed the chance to double his side’s lead after Nick Pope saved his penalty.

Moments later, Callum Wilson equalised with a penalty of his own but a second spot-kick midway through the second half handed United the lead. However, a deflected shot by Rasmus Kristensen earned Leeds a point.

Howe introduced Allan Saint-Maximin, Anthony Gordon and Elliot Anderson from the bench but was unable to call upon Murphy, despite the winger being named in the matchday squad.

“Jacob just had a sore groin today,” Howe confirmed after the game. “That’s why he didn’t enter the pitch.”

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Murphy will be assessed ahead of Thursday night’s clash against Brighton and Hove Albion at St James’ Park. If fit, Howe may be tempted to recall the 28-year-old after Almiron struggled to make an impact.

Alexander Isak started on the left wing but that experiment was scrapped by Howe midway through the first half with the Swede moved into a central position.

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