Newcastle suffer ANOTHER injury blow as Eddie Howe reveals Sven Botman is still struggling with a knee problem and could be a 'long term' absentee

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By Craig Hope for nan Daily Mail

Published: 07:15 EDT, 31 October 2023 | Updated: 16:50 EDT, 31 October 2023

Newcastle leader Eddie Howe has been deed pinch a caller wounded rustle aft revealing defender Sven Botman could subordinate his database of ‘longer term’ absentees.

The 23-year-old has not featured since picking up a knee wounded astatine nan extremity of September and, while nan problem was initially not thought to beryllium serious, location is now nary return date.

‘Botman is unclear astatine nan moment,’ said Howe. ‘So we are going time by time pinch that one. There’s an rumor location and we’re moving done various options to effort to diagnose nan wounded problem.’

Could he beryllium missing ‘long term’?

‘Yeah, perhaps, we’re still awaiting clarity connected what is happening pinch his situation,’ said Howe.

Sven Botman (right) is still struggling pinch a knee wounded he picked up past month

Eddie Howe is concerned Botman could look a lengthy spell connected nan sidelines

The Magpies are without six elder players up of Wednesday’s travel to Manchester United successful nan 4th information of nan EFL Cup.

Mail Sport revealed past week that striker Alexander Isak will beryllium missing until aft nan November world break aft suffering a recurrence of a groin injury. 

That leaves Callum Wilson arsenic nan only recognised frontman, and he is improbable to play 3 games successful a week fixed nan request to negociate his load. Winger Anthony Gordon looks group to capable in.

‘That was 1 of nan reasons for signing Anthony, who tin play arsenic a centre-forward, which he did for England astatine nan Euros and did a awesome job,’ said Howe erstwhile asked astir replacement options successful nan position.

‘There are others - Harvey (Barnes) tin play up there, though we don’t person him astatine nan moment. Joelinton was besides signed arsenic a centre-forward, though we’ve moved his position.’

Newcastle person respective players injured, pinch Alexander Isak besides ruled retired until aft nan world break

Did Howe and nan level see nan effects of losing 1 of Isak aliases Wilson erstwhile readying their summertime transportation business?

‘The problem is, you’re benignant of alluding to signing a 3rd striker,’ he began. ‘We conscionable didn’t person nan resources to do that. You tin only spell pinch nan accusation you person astatine nan time.

'As overmuch arsenic you tin person a crystal shot and effort to foretell what will happen, that is portion of our occupation arsenic well, you only person a definite magnitude of resources and you person to make nan decisions you’re faced pinch astatine nan time.’

Meanwhile, Newcastle are awaiting clarity connected nan business surrounding Sandro Tonali, who has not been capable to train pinch nan squad since being banned for 10 months for forbidden gambling past week. The nine dream he will rejoin nan group during his suspension.

Tonali joins Barnes (foot), Jacob Murphy (shoulder) and Elliot Anderson (back) arsenic players presently sidelined for important periods.


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