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Eddie Howe and Newcastle hit with another major injury blow

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While Newcastle might be looking to extend on their EFL Cup adventure on Wednesday night when they arrive at Old Trafford, Eddie Howe’s side have been hit with yet another worrying injury set-back.

 

Howe concerned that Botman faces a ‘long-term’ stint on the sidelines

Although the Magpies might still be dreaming of the chance to punch a famous Champions League knockout stage ticket this year, it is no secret that the former Bournemouth boss has a mounting injury list on his hands at St. James’ Park.

Watching summer recruit Harvey Barnes sustain a long-term foot injury last month and with Sandro Tonali sanctioned with a 10-month global suspension following his involvement in Italy’s betting scandal, the former Bournemouth boss is missing seven first-team stars.

While fans around the north east might have been hopeful that defensive talisman Sven Botman was inching closer towards a return from his extended knee issue, Howe has confirmed that the ex-Lille star faces another lengthy stay on the sidelines.

Speaking ahead of Newcastle’s EFL Cup showdown against Manchester United on Wednesday night, Howe has given a worrying update on Botman’s latest set-back.

“There’s an issue there. We are working through various options to try and diagnose the injury properly. Does he fall into the longer-term category? Yeah, perhaps. But we’re awaiting clarity.”

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Isak not expected back until the next international break

While Botman’s latest injury set-back might be a huge concern for fans around St. James’ Park, they will undoubtedly be reeling from the news that Alexander Isak is not expected to make his respective return until the end of November’s international break.

Only continuing to gain a string of plaudits from across the Premier League since arriving from Spanish outfit Real Sociedad last year in a blockbuster deal worth £60miilion, the Swedish international has been a vital part of Newcastle’s success.

However, suffering a first-half groin injury against Borussia Dortmund while on Champions League duties last week, Howe has confirmed that Isak will not feature over the next month.

While Newcastle might make the trip to Manchester United on Wednesday night in a repeat of last season’s EFL Cup final, Howe has some major squad juggling to do at Old Trafford.

 

Manchester United vs Newcastle Odds

  • Manchester United win @ 11/10 with CopyBet
  • Draw @ 12/5 with bet365
  • Newcastle win @ 12/5 with JeffBet

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