Newcastle United star facing five-month injury absence as fresh illness blow confirmed

Eddie Howe claims Newcastle United’s squad is looking ‘pretty good’ after a busy week heading into the Premier League trip to Sheffield United on Sunday

While Emil Krafth continues to recuperate from an ACL injury, Newcastle will travel to Bramall Lane without Joelinton and Joe Willock. The Magpies enter the contest off of a 1-0 victory against Brentford and a goalless draw in the Champions League against AC Milan.

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Joelinton has been ruled out of the match after aggravating a knee injury while on international duty with Brazil while Joe Willock has missed the start of the season after a hamstring injury followed by an Achilles set-back.

“We’re missing the two Joes in midfield,” Howe said in his pre-match press conference. “I think apart from that we’re pretty good.”

Howe continued by saying that Joelinton might return in time for the West Ham United game before the break, whilst Willock is probably out for another month.

With Joelinton, “we’re hoping he could be back sooner [than the international break],” Howe continued. But Joe Willock will undoubtedly be following the break for overseas travel.

When Willock makes a comeback, he will have been sidelined for roughly five months since suffering his original hamstring injury against Brighton & Hove Albion in May of the previous campaign.

Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka missed the week-long trip to Milan owing to illness, Howe later revealed.

On Tuesday night at the San Siro, Callum Wilson entered the game as a substitute but has not adequately practiced with the first team this week.

“With Callum, we always have to manage his load,” Howe continued. “That doesn’t change if it’s a single game week or a three game week.”

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