Eddie Howe has a very long injury list at Newcastle United right now, but there is some good news, as Sean Longstaff could potentially be passed as match fit on Saturday, having successfully recovered from an ankle issue.
The bad news is that he’s probably the only player Howe will be getting back from his injured reserve grouping.
Newcastle United vs Manchester United FYIs
Kickoff: Sat. Dec. 2, 8pm, St. James Park, Newcastle, UK
Team News: Manchester United Newcastle United
PL Standing, Form: United 6th 24 pts WWWLW Newcastle 7th, 23 pts WLWDW
Google Result Probability: United 25% Draw 25% Newcastle 50%
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Newcastle United Team News
Sandro Tonali is suspended here while Dan Burn (back), Matt Targett (thigh) Elliot Anderson (back) and Javi Manquillo (groin) are all out of this clash that features two sides coming off very disappointing nights in the UEFA Champions League.
Additionally, Callum Wilson (thigh injury), Harvey Barnes (foot), Joe Willock (Achilles tendon), Jacob Murphy (shoulder injury) and Sven Botman (knee injury) will all remain out until after the holidays. We won’t be seeing any of them in action during the upcoming festive period fixture congestion.
This match might have more meaning than your typical sixth versus seventh place matchup, as both sides know their European football campaigns are in very dire straits right now. Both teams badly need a win for the cause of their top four hopes.
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