Newcastle United reveal ‘hidden’ injury concern after Leeds United draw
The injury prevented Eddie Howe from bringing the Newcastle United winger off the bench at Leeds United.
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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.”
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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