Newcastle United have returned to winning ways after beating Fulham 3-0 in the Premier League at St James’ Park on Saturday (16 December).
Goals from Lewis Miley, Miguel Almiron, and Dan Burn helped the Magpies pick up all three points against the Cottagers who went down to ten men before the opening 25 minutes.
Once again, the Magpies were haunted by poor luck with injuries, and that’s the last thing Eddie Howe wanted whose side is already down to bare bones.
Newcastle defender Fabian Schar clutched his hamstring and was taken off within the first 15 minutes. He has picked up a glute injury. Joelinton, another key player for Howe, also left the pitch in the first half, after he picked up a hamstring injury.
Craig Hope, the Daily Mail journalist, wrote on X that the injuries to both players are not that serious but they are expected to be short-term absentees.
“Fabian Schar (glute) & Joelinton (hamstring) not thought to be serious but look like being short-term absentees at least for NUFC,” wrote Hope.
Howe will be relieved to find the injuries are not serious and that the duo will be back shortly.
The Magpies boss also welcomed Callum Wilson and Sven Botman to the side. Wilson returned to the starting line-up and looked lively, while Botman came on as a substitute after a long injury lay-off.
Nick Pope, Jacob Ramsey and Harvey Barnes are long term absentees, while Sandro Tonali cannot play any part this season after being suspended.
Similarly, the likes of Matt Targett, Javier Manquilo, Joe Willock and Elliot Anderson are also out injured and it’s unclear at the moment when they can return to the side.
Alexander Isak was not fit for this game but Howe probably will be able to recall him in the coming weeks. With so many players out injured, and some of them are long term absentees, the latest injuries to Schar and Joelinton will come as a huge blow.
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