Howe could hand NUFC surprise boost & superb work from hotel room revealed in new report

Eddie Howe could yet lead Newcastle out against Arsenal as long as he tests negative for coronavirus on Friday.

This comes from The Mail’s Craig Hope, who reports that the 43-year-old is entering a crucial 24-48 hour period as he waits to see if he could yet be in the dugout for Saturday’s early kick off at The Emirates.

Our new manager tested positive for the virus a day before he was set to take charge against Brentford last weekend and initially looked set to miss this weekend’s game too, with Toon fans rueing that “it could only happen to us” when the news initially broke.

Current rules in the UK mean that anyone who tests positive for Covid must isolate for 10 days, dating back to when symptoms first began.

Howe claimed upon testing positive that he “feels fine”, but Hope is reporting he may still be in the dugout on Saturday as long as he has a negative test.

The same report also states that, despite being stuck in a hotel room on Tyneside, Howe has ‘designed each training session this week and watched back all footage’, highlighting his meticulous nature and outstanding work ethic.

Assistant Jason Tindall is set to face the press before Saturday’s clash, with Howe reportedly locked away in a Tyneside hotel room.

Whether Howe is in the dugout against Arsenal or not, surely this all makes a mockery of the isolation rules that still continue to affect people across the UK and beyond.

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