Eddie Howe's Newcastle United injury update on Joelinton – and claim on 'match-ready' pair

Eddie Howe’s issued an upbeat injury update on Joelinton ahead of the Carabao Cup final.
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The Newcastle United midfielder was withdrawn in last weekend’s 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool after getting treatment for an unspecified injury, and Howe was asked for an update at the club’s media day yesterday.

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"We think Joelinton’s OK from the weekend,” said United’s head coach. “I say ‘we think’, because there's still a long time to go before the game.”

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Meanwhile, goalkeepers Loris Karius and Mark Gillespie, vying to replace the suspended Nick Pope in goal at Wembley, are “match-ready”, according to Howe.

Howe said: “Mark and Loris are fine, there’s no issues. I’ve been impressed with them today. We finished training, normal conversations, normal work. They’re part of a goalkeeping unit that is committed to that work every day, since pre-season started, so they’ve done lots of different things within training this season that people wouldn’t have seen. They’re match-ready.”