Howe confirms new injury & names player ‘in contention’ to return vs Leicester on Sunday

Eddie Howe has been speaking to the press this morning, issuing a fitness update ahead of Sunday’s trip to Leicester City.

The NUFC boss has confirmed that Fabian Schar has a rib injury – picked up in the 1-0 win over Burnley – that’s forced him to miss the last few days of training.

The good news, however, is that it’s ‘nothing too serious’, meaning he’s hopeful he can be fit to face the Foxes this weekend.

Elsewhere, the 44-year-old has revealed that Ryan Fraser is back ‘in contention’ for the game, having returned to training after missing last weekend’s game with a ‘slight hamstring problem.’

Here’s what Howe had to say when asked for an injury update this morning:

“We’re looking OK within the squad in the sense of Covid, we have testing today but a clean bill of health at the moment.

“A couple of knocks and niggles but nothing too serious.

“Fabian Schär has missed a few days of training with a rib problem he picked up against Burnley, but it’s nothing too serious.

“Hopefully he’ll be OK.

“Ryan Fraser had a very slight hamstring problem but I expect him to be in contention.

“We hope he’ll be fine.”

Ciaran Clark will also be available once again after serving his one-game ban in the win over Burnley last Saturday, however Paul Dummett remains out.

Here’s what Howe had to say about the forgotten Geordie defender:

“He will be an important player.

His situation is that he’s back out running with the physio which is a great sign.

He’s had a couple of setbacks but he’s through that now.

I still feel he has a little way to go before he’s available for selection.”

With the players set to be tested today, let’s hope no positive Covid cases return after the virus has been rife within Premier League squads over the past week, seeing Brighton’s proposed clash with Spurs be postponed.

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