The nine players missing from Newcastle United’s trip to Dubai - including midfield duo

Following Friday night’s dramatic 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest, Newcastle United wasted no time in jetting off to Dubai for their mid-season break.

Alexander Isak’s 93rd-minute winner from the penalty spot ensured the Magpies go into the two-week international break on the back of a win, which has put them two points behind fourth place Tottenham Hotspur with two games in-hand.

There are 17 days between Forest and United’s next match against Manchester United at St James’ Park on Sunday April 2, and Howe has decided to fill some of that time by taking his squad to the United Arab Emirates.

“Immediately it’ll be a little bit of rest after an intense period of game, then we’ll get back to training and preparation for Manchester United,” said Howe. He then told BBC Newcastle: “I think we’re away for about five or six days. We’ll be training and making sure we’re fit and focused for the last part of the season.”

However, as highlighted by NewcastleWorld earlier today, not all of Howe’s squad are currently in Dubai. Here’s a list of the players we know aren’t there, at the time of writing:

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