Howe reveals ‘really good’ & really bad news – 4 ruled out, one doubt & key man fit for Everton

Eddie Howe has confirmed that Joelinton is fit and ready to face Everton – despite being forced off at Leeds with a groin injury.

The NUFC boss believes this is ‘really good news’ based on the Brazilian’s recent displays, however his update on Callum Wilson is at the other end of the scale.

Howe claims the striker is making ‘slow progress’ from a groin injury picked up in December and may only be fit for the ‘last few games’ of the season – a huge worry given our only fit strikers are Chris Wood and Dwight Gayle.

Elsewhere, new signing Dan Burn is touch and go for tomorrow’s game with a toe injury, while Matt Ritchie is a ‘longer term’ absentee.

Paul Dummett has also been ruled out – he hasn’t trained since he limped off at Leeds – and Federico Fernandez will be missing once again, although Howe has revealed that he is ‘getting closer’ to returning to first-team training.

Here’s what he’s had to say about all of the above ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Everton…

Howe on Ritchie, Joelinton, Dummett & Fernandez:

“Matt Ritchie is still out longer term.

“Joelinton has trained and is looking good, which has been really good news.

“We haven’t seen Paul Dummett training again yet.

“Fede is getting closer. Today is his first day back with the sports science guys – he’s moving away from the physios and back to fitness work – but is still a few weeks away from playing.”

Howe on Callum Wilson:

“As always with these types of injuries it’s not absolutely clear.

“We go more on how he feels than a specific time given by physios or doctors. It’s been slow progress for him – he’s off crutches now and walking normally which is a big step.

“But I don’t think it’s going to be short term. Hopefully, he can make the last few games of the season and really help us in the key moment.

Howe on Dan Burn:

“The only thing is Dan has a slight toe problem that has been aggravating him the last few days.

“Which hopefully is nothing too serious, small thing (infected toe) that can sometimes be a big thing.”

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