Newcastle United have released a short update on the fitness front ahead of Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup clash with Burnley at St James’ Park.
Before showing pictures of the players in training today, the club have confirmed that Isaac Hayden did not take part in this morning’s session after being forced off at half-time in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa.
Jonjo Shelvey was also missing, along with Martin Dubravka (foot), Karl Darlow (recovering from Covid) and Elliot Anderson (hip).
The positive news is that Paul Dummett is back in training after recovering from a calf injury, suggesting he could make his first appearance of 2021/22 on Wednesday.
Elsewhere, the club state that Jeff Hendrick, Sean Longstaff and Matty Longstaff are also in contention to start against the Clarets, with it appearing as though both Hayden and Shelvey will be forced to sit this one out.
Callum Wilson can’t be seen in any of the training photos, but the club don’t say anything regarding his fitness. It’s worth noting the same thing happened prior to the Villa game, however he was named in Bruce’s starting XI.
Here’s a snippet from NUFC.co.uk:
Isaac Hayden, who was forced off at half time at Aston Villa on Saturday with a knee injury, did not train on Monday and neither did Jonjo Shelvey, so Jeff Hendrick could come into contention to face his former club while Matty and Sean Longstaff are also battling for a central midfield berth.
Paul Dummett, who has yet to feature this term, made a welcome return to the training pitches while Steve Bruce will choose between Freddie Woodman, Mark Gillespie and Dan Langley when it comes to deciding who will play in goal against the Clarets.
As for the others, Bruce may well hand the likes of Joelinton, Gayle, Fraser, Lewis and Manquillo the chance to impress in midweek, with either Gillespie or Langley also pushing for a rare start in between the sticks.
How would you like to see us line up on Wednesday night if Hayden and Shelvey are to miss out?