Newcastle United suffer fresh injury concern ahead of Burnley, Brighton & Manchester United fixtures

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Newcastle United played the second-half against Sheffield United without the defender.

Eddie Howe has issued an update on Fabian Schar after the Newcastle United defender was forced off against Sheffield United.

The Switzerland international picked up a hamstring injury early on but soldiered on until half-time. Emil Krafth was introduced as the Magpies scored four second-half goals to win 5-1 at St James’ Park.

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“Fabian had a bit of tightness in his hamstring,” said Howe. We don’t think it’s a big injury – there’s not one moment where you think he’s pulled his hamstring – but it was enough to make him feel uncomfortable. He couldn’t fully sprint, so he had to come off.

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“We were going to make the change (in the first half), but he said he was fine and he wanted to carry on. At half-time, it became clear so he couldn’t, so that’s when we eventually changed things.”

While Schar will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s trip to Burnley, Tino Livramento is set to be available after coming through unscathed against the Blades.

Livramento came back into the starting XI after being forced to sit out of the midweek defeat at Crystal Palace.

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“Tino will be better for today,” said Howe. “We had a meeting yesterday, and he said he felt fit to play. He said he felt good. I backed him, and I thought he gave a really good performance for us.”

Meanwhile, Callum Wilson made his second consecutive substitute appearance this week following his return from a pectoral muscle injury. And the United No.9 was back on the scoresheet, netting his side’s fifth.

“I always say when Callum comes back from injury, he always does the work,” said Howe. That’s sometimes very difficult when you’re having to do the same things again. He’s got to come back at such a good physical level to score goals, but again he’s done the work.

“It was slightly easier this time because it was an upper limb injury so he’s done a lot of running. I had no doubt he looked really great, and he looked great today when he came on. He could have scored more, but the one he did get was an incredible finish.”

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