Trio ruled out, but two stars could return: Newcastle team news vs Man United


Defensive trio ruled out, but two stars could return: Newcastle team news before Man UnitedDefensive trio ruled out, but two stars could return: Newcastle team news before Man United

 

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe has this evening confirmed both positive and negative updates on the club’s playing squad.

United showdown

The struggling Magpies are of course primed to return to action early next week.

In the last of the upcoming round of Premier League fixtures, Howe and co. will welcome old foes Manchester United to St. James’ Park, eyeing a timely return to form.

To date, Newcastle have managed just a solitary victory across the entirety of the 2021/22 campaign.

This means that, despite the much-publicised big-money takeover on Tyneside, the Geordie outfit remain firmly entrenched in the Premier League relegation zone.

Not only that, but they have played out several fixtures more than the likes of Watford and Burnley above them, too.

Defensive trio ruled out, but two stars could return: Newcastle team news before Man UnitedDefensive trio ruled out, but two stars could return: Newcastle team news before Man United

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 19: Ruben Dias of Manchester City scores a goal to make it 0-1 during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on December 19, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

2 in, 3 out

As such, it goes without saying that a return to winning ways at the expense of Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United on Monday would go down a treat at St. James’.

Such efforts, however, will come sans the services of no fewer than three members of the club’s backline.

Speaking in a pre-match press conference earlier today, Eddie Howe was asked for the latest on the wellbeing of his squad.

And the former Bournemouth boss first went on to confirm that all of Federico Fernandez, Jamal Lewis and Paul Dummett have been ruled out of proceedings.

Both Fernandez and Lewis recently picked up muscular injuries, whilst long-term absentee Dummett, despite returning to training this week, remains some way off match fitness.

Defensive trio ruled out, but two stars could return: Newcastle team news before Man UnitedDefensive trio ruled out, but two stars could return: Newcastle team news before Man United

Belfast , United Kingdom – 16 November 2019; Jamal Lewis of Northern Ireland during the UEFA EURO2020 Qualifier – Group C match between Northern Ireland and Netherlands at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast. (Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

On a more positive note, though, Howe also went on to reveal that fellow defenders Emil Krafth and Javier Manquillo are in line to return from bouts of illness on Monday:

 

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 18 35 44
2 Liverpool FC 18 35 41
3 Chelsea FC 18 27 38
4 Arsenal FC 18 4 32
5 West Ham United 17 7 28
6 Manchester United 16 2 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 15 -1 26
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 -1 25
9 Leicester City 16 0 22
10 Aston Villa 17 -2 22
11 Crystal Palace 17 0 20
12 Brentford FC 16 -1 20
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 -3 20
14 Everton FC 17 -8 19
15 Southampton FC 17 -10 17
16 Leeds United 18 -18 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 18 -23 10
20 Norwich City 17 -26 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 7
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 5
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 5



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