“We’ve had a couple of players return to the training ground,” said Howe. “Dwight Gayle, we’ve had back in training this week, and Jeff Hendrick’s returned to training this week. Matt Ritchie’s got a knee problem, we’ll have to assess how he is. And, of course, we’re missing the long-termers, Feddy Fernandez, Callum Wilson and Isaac Hayden.”
Jamal Lewis – who suffered a hamstring injury against Liverpool at Anfield last month – is also back in training. Howe said: “He hasn’t had a lot of training, but he’s back, so pleased with him.”
Relegation-threatened Newcastle are 19th in the table ahead of the game against Leeds, who are 10 points ahead ot them in 15th place.