For Sunday’s visit to the London Stadium to tackle the hammers, Eddie Howe is hoping at the very least a number of of Newcastle United’s absent attacking players can be available.
The Magpies and Crystal Palace were held to a scoreless draw on the weekend because of Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin, and Bruno Guimaraes’ continued absences.
The three were absent from last week’s 2-1 loss at Liverpool as well, but Howe anticipates that they may give you the chance to progressively resume training this week.
It remains to be too early to say with certainty if they may play against the Hammers, and it’s probable that they may return at different times because Wilson has a history of hamstring issues, and Newcastle’s medical department is of course reluctant to push him too far.
Nevertheless, Howe is optimistic that he’ll give you the chance to make some changes to his midfield and attacking lineups when his team resumes play this weekend. They’re still trying to find their second victory of the 12 months.
“Hopefully, they’ll be back soon,” said the Magpies head coach. “Hopefully, they’re not going to be distant. Possibly not all three together, but definitely we hope to get a pair back soon.”
“I believe in case you take those players out of any team – real attacking players who could make a difference – you then’re going to note it,” he said. “We now have noticed it. We’ve missed them, but in saying that, I actually have to provide an enormous compliment to the players which have played the three games in every week. I believe they’ve been incredible.”