Newcastle United star ruled out of Southampton clash could return against Arsenal

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Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe has brought positive news on Sean Longstaff’s injury.

Sean Longstaff could return in time for Newcastle United’s Premier League clash against Arsenal next Sunday, Eddie Howe has revealed.

The 25-year-old was on the receiving end of a heavy tackle from Everton defender James Tarkowski, a penalty appeal that was controversially turned down by referee Andre Marriner and overlooked by VAR.

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Longstaff initially played on, despite looking in some discomfort, before being replaced by Alexander Isak in the 74th minute.

Sean Longstaff of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on April 27, 2023 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)Sean Longstaff of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on April 27, 2023 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Sean Longstaff of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on April 27, 2023 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) | Getty Images

NewcastleWorld revealed this morning that Longstaff went for a scan on Friday amid fears he may have broken a bone in his foot or ankle. He missed this afternoon’s 3-1 win over Southampton, a win that further strengthened United’s Champions League qualification bid.

Fortunately for Howe’s side, Longstaff’s scan results have brought positive news.

Howe explained: “Sean picked up a knock on his foot. We sent him for an x-ray and there is no break or fracture, we think. We just hope it’s bad bruising.

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“He wasn’t able to perform for us today. Hopefully, he’ll be back very soon.

Asked if Arsenal was too soon for a return, Howe replied: “I hope not. I hope he’ll be available pretty soon. It’s difficult to guarantee that.”

Longstaff, who signed a new three-year contract last summer, has been one of the Magpies’ unsung heroes this campaign. He has played in each of United’s 40 games this term, and started 35 of them.

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