Wounded Toon? Don’t believe the hype


Wounded Toon? Newcastle could be stronger than we think

Newcastle’s injury situation has been a big talking point ahead of the Hammers’ visit to St James’ Park on Saturday. However, reports suggesting a severely depleted Newcastle squad may not be entirely accurate as the Premier League’s early kick-off approaches.

The only confirmed absentees for the Newcastle vs West Ham match due to injury are Nick Pope, who has been side-lined for four months and may return in April, Joelinton, who has been out for months as well, and Callum Wilson, who has been missing for nearly two months. Additionally, Sven Botman, who has been struggling with both form and fitness, is now undergoing knee surgery.

Another definite absence on Saturday is Sandro Tonali, who is serving a near year-long gambling ban and has only played a few matches this season before the ban took effect.

Wounded Toon? Newcastle could be stronger than we think

Wounded Toon? Eddie Howe’s Newcastle could be stronger than we think

Eddie Howe, however, has a more positive perspective on player availability as Newcastle gears up for two home games in quick succession. He took his non-international players for a break in Dubai, providing them with rest, recovery, and warm weather training.

Newcastle entered this international break with hopes of Trippier, Barnes, and Livramento potentially being available for the West Ham and Everton matches. Additionally, those who went on the Dubai trip are expected to return refreshed and ready.

Whilst West Ham will be without the suspended Edson Alvarez, they might face a stronger Newcastle side than initially anticipated.

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