'Probably not' - Newcastle United star set to miss PSG clash - now a doubt to face Man Utd

Newcastle United were without two of their key midfielders for the win over Chelsea.
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Newcastle United are set to be without Sean Longstaff for Tuesday's Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain - and looks to be a doubt for the next Premier League match at home to Manchester United.

The Geordie midfielder sustained an ankle injury in the Magpies' 2-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth before the international break. As a result, he missed yesterday's 4-1 victory over Chelsea.

Howe revealed at his pre-Chelsea press conference that the club's medical team were "checking and analysing" Longstaff but after beating the Blues, the Magpies boss told BBC Radio Newcastle he "wasn't close" to featuring.

Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

Then asked if the 26-year-old would be back in time for the trip to Paris in midweek, Howe responded: "Probably not."

Following the absence of Longstaff and midfield partner Joe Willock, who has suffered a fresh Achilles problem, Newcastle were without 13 players against Chelsea.

It forced Howe to name a bench consisting of three goalkeepers - Martin Dubravka, Loris Karius and Mark Gillespie - and four under-21s players - Ben Parkinson, Michael Ndiweni, Amadou Diallo and Alex Murphy.

Indeed, Howe handed Premier League debuts to the latter three in the closing stages with the result already wrapped up. Alexander Isak, Jamaal Lascelles, Joelinton and Anthony Gordon were on the scoresheet.

“It was nice," Howe told NewcastleWorld. "Our plan was to try to save minutes in players if we possibly could, but that's very difficult to do when the game's in the balance.

"At that moment, it was nice to be able to give Alex [Isak] a little bit of a breather after a good few minutes and the same with Miggy, who had only just come back from an injury himself, and also to give three young players a great experience in their lives, and I'm sure one they'll never forget."