Newcastle United have been dealt a fresh injury blow, head coach Eddie Howe has confirmed.
Newcastle’s £40million January signing Anthony Gordon is facing a spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury. The 22-year-old missed Sunday’s 2-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at St James’ Park as a result.
The Magpies are preparing to visit Nottingham Forest on Friday night (8pm kick-off) but will be without Gordon as well as Joelinton as the Brazilian serves the second game of his yellow card suspension.
Eddie Howe also confirmed that striker Callum Wilson was dropped from the starting line-up against Wolves after suffering from illness during the week. The Newcastle No. 9 was still able to play the final 25 minutes of the game from the bench but will likely be rested from the starting line-up for the upcoming trip to Forest as a result.
Here are Newcastle’s current list of injury concerns, suspensions and other unavailable players ahead of Friday’s match...
1. Sven Botman - illness
Sven Botman withdrew from the Netherlands squad to face France during the international break due to a ‘virus infection’. He is expected to recover in time for Newcastle’s return to Premier League action having took part in training at Newcastle. Estimated return date: 02/04 - Manchester United (H) Photo: OLI SCARFF
2. Fabian Schar - foot
Fabian Schar missed out on a call-up to the Switzerland squad during the international break due to a minor foot injury. He will have benefitted from the extended break and should be available this weekend. What Howe said: “Fabian’s been carrying lots of different things in the last few weeks. He’s been carrying a foot problem, and also had concussion, so I think it’s just a chance for him to rest his body – and go again.”
Estimated return date: 02/04 - Manchester United (H) Photo: OLI SCARFF
3. Nick Pope - knock
Pope withdrew from the England squad due to a ‘minor injury’. The goalkeeper has been receiving treatment but managed to get through Newcastle’s full match against Nottingham Forest on Friday night. Estimated return date: 02/04 - Manchester United (H)
4. Joelinton - suspended
After stepping on Ruben Dias’ foot, Joelinton picked up his 10th yellow card of the season in the Premier League against Manchester City had to sit out the next two matches due to suspension. He will be back available for Newcastle’s return to Premier League action next month. What Howe said: “With the two games we’ve got to come before the international break, that’s going to be a long absence for him. I thought it was a harsh booking.”
Estimated return date: 02/04 - Manchester United (H) Photo: Getty