This is why Javier Manquillo was left out of the Newcastle United squad versus Leicester City
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Javier Manquillo missed Newcastle United’s 2-1 victory over Leicester City on Sunday afternoon through illness.
The Spaniard, although is far from a regular under Eddie Howe, was a noticeable absence from the matchday squad.
With Ryan Fraser also ruled out with a hamstring injury, Joe Willock and Federico Fernandez came back onto the bench.
Manquillo has started just two of the previous five games he’s been available for with Emil Krafth preferred having grasped his opportunity in recent months.
Howe revealed after the stoppage-time win against the Foxes that the 27-year-old will be assessed ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Crystal Palace.
Howe explains Manquillo’s absence
He said: “We will wait and see. Javier was ill.
“Obviously with Emil missing training we were short of right-back options but thankfully Emil came through.
“Hopefully we can get Javier back soon.”
Manquillo watched on from home as his teammates recorded a fifth straight home win to extend their advantage over the relegation zone to 12 points.
It was a bit of a smash-and-grab in some ways, with Leicester controlling the possession stats.
But who they didn’t control was Bruno Guimaraes, who scored a brace - including a 94th-minute winner - in front of the 52,104 St James’ Park crowd.
Howe’s thoughts on the Leicester win
Howe said: “The credit I can give the players is that we accepted our role as the team who didn’t have the ball. We won’t always, but we accepted at that moment we couldn’t change it.
“Sometimes the danger is when you chase too much, especially when you are tired with the heat, you chase and leave gaps. We didn’t, we were compact.
“We knew on transitions we would be a huge threat.
“If you look at the stats of the game we had by far the better chances.
“Maybe today but long term we have to change that. It’s maybe not for now.”