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Newcastle United star '50/50' to play v Luton Town - five doubts as eight players ruled out

Newcastle United injury latest on Anthony Gordon, Alexander Isak, Emil Krafth, Fabian Schar and Joelinton.

Newcastle United will make checks on FIVE players for Saturday's Premier League trip to Luton Town (kick-off 3pm).

Anthony Gordon and Emil Krafth were on the end of contentious tackles by Mosies Caicedo and Levi Colwill, respectively, during the midweek Carabao Cup exit to Chelsea.

Krafth withdrew at half-time because of a gash on his shin while Gordon was brought off just moments into the second half.

“We’re going to see how they are this morning," Magpies head coach Eddie Howe said on Friday. "Anthony was sore, it was a horrible challenge on him I thought having reviewed it. Really disappointed with the tackle. He’s sore but we’ll see how he is today, hopefully he’ll improve quickly.

"Emil had a really nasty cut on his shin which went quite deep. It required stitches, so he’s quite sore as well.” 

Prior to the 4-2 penalty shootout defeat at Stamford Bridge, United lost Fabian Schar (glute) and Joelinton (hamstring) during in the first-half of Saturday's 3-0 win over Fulham.

The pair underwent scans on Monday and didn't feature in West London. Howe says their injuries aren't serious with a decision on their involvement against Luton still to be made.

Howe said: "The scans painted a similar picture, nothing too serious with either. Joe’s slightly more than Fabby but again, we’ll make a decision on both players leading up to this game."

Alexander Isak has missed the last two matches after feeling the after-effects of a recent groin issue. The Swede is rated as '50/50' for the visit to Kenilworth Road.

“50/50 at this moment," said Howe. "He’s obviously missed the last two games so he was feeling something in his groin.

"On the scan, there wasn’t necessarily an injury just more tiredness around the muscle. That will be down to the medical team."

Meanwhile, Howe remains without eight senior players versus Luton with Sandro Tonali (banned), Nick Pope (dislocated shoulder), Jacob Murphy (dislocated shoulder), Matt Targett (hamstring), Javier Manquillo (groin), Harvey Barnes (foot), Joe Willock (Achilles) and Elliot Anderson still sidelined.

Here's the latest team news ahead of the game:

Krafth withdrew at half-time because of a gash on his shin while Gordon was brought off just moments into the second half.

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