Newcastle will be looking to get back to winning ways in the top flight following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United at St James’s Park. Record signing Alexander Isak sat out the match as the club followed concussion protocols but the 23-year-old is set to be back in contention for the trip to the Vitality Stadium this Saturday (5:30pm kick-off).
Isak scored a penalty in the reverse fixture against The Cherries at St James’s Park back in September and has scored three Premier League goals in three starts since his £63million signing from Real Sociedad in the summer.
Bruno Guimaraes was missed by The Magpies against West Ham as he served the first of his three match suspension following his red card against Southampton. The Brazilian remains ineligible for this weekend’s trip.
Eddie Howe also has several longer-term absentees to consider with full-backs Matt Targett and Javier Manquillo still sidelined for a few weeks while Emil Krafth is likely to be out for the remainder of the season.
Here is Newcastle United’s injury list in full along with estimated return dates...
1. Joe Willock - hamstring
Joe Willock was a concern following Sunday’s win over Manchester United as he was taken off with a potential hamstring issue. Eddie Howe was unable to provide a fitness update ahead of the trip to West Ham United on Tuesday but the club posted a photo of the midfielder taking part in training ahead of the match. What Howe said: “Joe Willock’s the obvious one. He was feeling his hamstring, but he wasn’t sure if it was cramp or something more sinister. So we’ll wait and see. A couple more players just nursing little things because of the physical game that it was.”
Estimated return date: 05/03 - West Ham (A) Photo: OLI SCARFF
2. Miguel Almiron - thigh
Top scorer Miguel Almiron was forced to withdraw from international duty with Paraguay after picking up a thigh injury in training at Newcastle. He is now facing an extended spell on the sidelines. What Howe said: “Miggy pulled a thigh muscle in training. Unfortunately, it’s quite a bad one. It’s going to be six weeks.” Estimated return date: 30/04 - Southampton (H) Photo: LINDSEY PARNABY
3. Emil Krafth - ACL
The Swedish right-back is has been out for the majority of the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Tranmere in August. What Howe said: “There’s a very, very slim chance, I wouldn’t hold out much hope that we’ll see him before the end of the season.” Estimated return date: Pre season Photo: PAUL ELLIS
4. Ryan Fraser - training with Under-21s
Ryan Fraser is not part of Eddie Howe’s first team plans at the moment and is expected to be moved on from the club in the summer. He is unlikely to feature again this season. What Howe said: “I made the decision to concentrate on players that are committed to Newcastle. For the benefit of the group, I’ve made that call.” Estimated return date: Unknown Photo: Ian MacNicol