The Carabao Cup presents an ideal platform for Eddie Howe to provide valuable playing time to some of Newcastle United’s young talents, including Lewis Miley. However, this opportunity may elude him during Wednesday night’s match.
Newcastle is set to take on Manchester United in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford this week. Eddie Howe is expected to make several changes to his lineup as he juggles the demands of competing in the Premier League, Champions League, and Carabao Cup simultaneously.
Prospects such as Tino Livramento and Lewis Hall are anticipated to feature against Manchester United, and there is hope that Lewis Miley, who made his senior debut in the previous round against Manchester City, might get another chance. With Newcastle facing midfield troubles due to injuries and suspensions, Miley’s inclusion seems like a reasonable option.
Elliot Anderson is currently injured, and Sandro Tonali is serving a suspension, limiting Howe’s options for rotation. Therefore, this match offers an excellent opportunity to grant Miley another starting position.
However, it appears improbable on the eve of the Carabao Cup fixture. Recent training photos released by the club reveal that Miley is absent from the training sessions, unlike Emil Krafth, who seems poised for his first senior appearance since August 2022.
Miley has not returned to training due to a bout of glandular fever, as previously confirmed by Howe. It seemed he was in a race against time to regain fitness for the Manchester United match, but it appears he will not make it.
This situation is unfortunate because it is uncertain when he will receive another chance to prove his worth at the senior level. While we can anticipate seeing more of him in the coming months due to Newcastle’s midfield shortages, this was an opportune moment for Miley to showcase his abilities – a chance that now appears to be slipping away due to an unfortunate turn of events.