NEWCASTLE United supervisor Eddie Howe will probably be sweating on the fitness of a quantity of his stars, after revealing: “I believe there’s just a few boys within the dressing room nursing little issues.”
The greatest of these consists of in-form Ryan Fraser, who scored and assisted throughout their 2-1 win over Brighton on the weekend – earlier than being compelled off the sphere.
The Toon are set to journey to Saints on Thursday night, within the re-arranged Premier League clash at St Mary’s. The match was postponed in controversial circumstances, after Newcastle’s request to the Premier League was accepted due to an injury-hit squad.
Fraser, who began each match of their eight-game unbeaten run and supplied 4 purpose contributions within the final 5, exited the sphere within the 79th minute on Saturday.
Eddie Howe and assistant Jason Tindall (Pic: PA)
Howe and the Scottish worldwide are very conversant in one another, having labored collectively throughout eight seasons with south-coast AFC Bournemouth.
“I believe there’s just a few boys within the dressing room nursing little issues right now,” Howe stated, after his facet’s latest victory.
“You noticed just a few of them stretching on the pitch. It was a giant bodily effort. There had been just a few gamers proper on the sting.
“Hopefully, Ryan will probably be OK.”
The enigmatic Allan Saint-Maximin, who was set to overlook out within the initially deliberate New Year clash between the 2 sides, made a return from the bench in the course of the victory on Saturday.
The two sides drew 2-2 again in August (Pic: PA)
The 24-year-old Frenchman had missed the final two versus West Ham and Brentford, however might make a begin at St Mary’s.
January switch and England worldwide Kieran Trippier will stay out on the sidelines after his damage, as will star striker Callum Wilson.
Jamal Lewis, Isaac Hayden and Matt Ritchie have additionally missed out of late with long-term considerations and usually are not set to make a return for this Premier League clash.