Early team news from Eddie Howe – 8 ruled out and 8 in contention vs Man Utd

Newcastle faces a significant absence of eight key first-team players as they head to Old Trafford for their upcoming match. The good news is that Joe Willock is in contention to make his first start in six months.

The list of players ruled out includes Alexander Isak (groin), Jacob Murphy (dislocated shoulder), Elliot Anderson (back), Sven Botman (knee), Sandro Tonali (suspension), Lewis Miley (glandular fever), Harvey Barnes (foot), and Javier Manquillo (groin). On the positive side, Willock is nearly back to full fitness after brief appearances in the last two games. Additionally, Emil Krafth is in good condition after productive training sessions, and Tino Livramento and Lewis Hall are also available, potentially forming a similar lineup to the one that triumphed against Man City. Other options for the team include Matt Targett, Paul Dummett, Matt Ritchie, and Martin Dubravka.

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Manager Eddie Howe acknowledges the need to “juggle minutes” as they face a grueling schedule of three games in seven days against Manchester United, Arsenal, and Borussia Dortmund. He emphasizes the importance of every player stepping up and giving their best, using the squad’s strength to its fullest.

Regarding his rotation plans, Howe states that the tactical approach has been somewhat challenging due to uncertainties about the opposing team’s tactics. However, he emphasizes the need for the team to uphold their fundamental principles and play like a typical Newcastle side.

In terms of the injuries, Botman and Isak’s situations are still being assessed, with Botman potentially facing a longer recovery period. Isak is expected to return after the international break, while Manquillo has a groin injury. The majority of the injured players are sidelined for the long term, leading to a selection similar to their previous game against Wolves.

Howe expresses optimism about Emil Krafth’s return, noting his hard work and positive condition. He also speaks positively about Willock and Joelinton, stating that they are gradually finding their form after their recent absences.

When asked about Jacob Murphy’s shoulder injury, Howe indicates that they are discussing the next steps with the medical team but isn’t conclusive about surgery at this stage.

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