This is when Sven Botman & Nick Pope will report for Newcastle United pre-season training

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Newcastle United were without their international stars on the first day of pre-season training.

Eddie Howe has revealed new signings Sven Botman and Nick Pope are expected to train with Newcastle United for the first time on Wednesday.

The Magpies reported back for pre-season training on Friday morning as preparations for the 2022/23 Premier League season get underway.

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Matt Targett, whose £15million permanent arrival from Aston Villa kickstarted United’s summer transfer business, was pictured in training.

Botman and Pope, however, were not, following their international invovement with Netherlands under-21s and England, respectively, last month.

They should, like Bruno Guimaraes, Kieran Trippier, Emil Krafth, Fabian Schar, Miguel Almiron and Chris Wood, return on Wednesday.

Howe told NUFCTV: “We plan to get them back in on Wednesday.

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“I gave them extended time off due to their exertions in the summer. We look forward to seeing them.”

On signing Targett, Pope and Botman, Howe added: “The new additions really do strengthen our squad. I’m excited to see them in action.

“It’s really important we come back a better team and I think those players help us do that.

“They’re the right characters and the right ages for the positions we wanted to recruit in.”

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“You need a mininum of two players in each position,” Howe continued.

“The demands that the Premier League will set this year will be extreme with the World Cup and fixtures being congested, we’re really going to need that quality in every position.

“But also, competition brings out the best in everybody, it really does push you to hopefully new heights. It’s really good for the group.”

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