Eddie Howe explains late Newcastle United arrival

Bruno Guimaraes made an 11th-hour trip to London to link up with his Newcastle United team-mates ahead of today’s game.

Guimaraes stayed behind on Tyneside after his partner Ana gave birth to their first child, and the midfielder travelled separately to the capital last night ahead of this afternoon’s game against Tottenham Hotspur, which he started.

“Delighted for him and his family, an amazing moment,” United head coach Howe told Sky Sports. “I think he was quite rightly emotional at the birth of his son.

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“We didn’t discuss too much. We knew if the baby arrived in good time, he would travel down and make the match. He travelled down late last night. He travelled separately. He didn’t come with us. We decided to give him the morning with his wife and his baby.”

Joelinton lined up alongside Guimaraes in midfield after recovering from a knee injury. Joe Willock replaced Jacob Murphy in the starting XI.

Newcastle United's Bruno Guimaraes challenges Yves Bissouma of Tottenham Hotspur.