Eddie Howe issues Jonjo Shelvey injury update at Newcastle United ahead of festive fixtures

Jonjo Shelvey is Newcastle United’s latest injury concern ahead of the club’s festive fixtures.

Shelvey – who scored against Liverpool last week – missed yesterday’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester City with what was described as a “slight” injury, while Javier Manquillo was unwell.

“Javier Manquillo, unfortunately, was a very late drop out due to illness,” said head coach Eddie Howe.

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“So that was a big problem for us. Emil Krafth was also unwell, so he took his place on the bench, but hadn’t trained for a week. Again, that was illness.

"Jonjo’s played a lot of football in a short space of time, having missed a long period, and we just felt that we had to be very, very careful with him for this game. We hope he’ll be back soon. I don’t think he’s got a long-term injury there.

"The players have put in a huge physical effort in the last two games, so we’re counting the cost of that at the moment. It’s a very intense period for us.”

"I think they’re going to be longer-term,” said Howe. “We don’t expect them back for the foreseeable future, unfortunately.

Jonjo Shelvey celebrates his goal against Liverpool last week.

"Jamal’s a very strange one early in the game against Liverpool. I know he hadn’t had a lot of football, but that was a really big blow for us at the beginning of that match, and Feddy, it looks like it’s going to be around the same length of time.”

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