What comes next at Newcastle United as Eddie Howe prepares for 'key spell'

Eddie Howe has given his Newcastle United some time off to “regroup mentally” – ahead of a hugely-important run of games.

Howe’s team, held to a 1-1 draw by Bournemouth at St James’s Park at the weekend, went into the international break in 10th place after taking eight points from their first seven Premier League games.

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When they return, the team has “key” a run of nine league and cup games before domestic football takes a break for the World Cup in Qatar.

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe.

“We’ll give them a bit of time off at the beginning of next week – and a chance to just regroup mentally,” said United head coach Howe. “It’s a very busy period when we return, and it’s going to be a key spell before the World Cup. How well we do in this next group of games will be very important.”

A number of Newcastle players, including England due Kieran Trippier and Nick Pope, are away on international duty.