Key trio out and Leeds United's next opponents Newcastle United dealt fresh injury blow ahead of Whites clash

Newcastle United have been dealt a fresh injury blow ahead of Saturday afternoon's Premier League clash against Leeds United at Elland Road.

By Lee Sobot
Friday, 21st January 2022, 8:29 pm

Magpies boss Eddie Howe has confirmed that key trio Callum Wilson, Federico Fernandez and Isaac Hayden remain out with longer term injuries.

But the trio could be joined on the sidelines by Matt Ritchie who has a knee issue and will be assessed ahead of the trip to West Yorkshire.

Dwight Gayle and Jeff Hendrick, though, are both back in training ahead of the Saturday 3pm kick-off at Elland Road.

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FRESH BLOW: For Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe ahead of Saturday's clash against Leeds United at Elland Road. Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images.

Speaking at Friday's pre-match press conference, Howe said: “We’ve had a couple of players return to the training ground.

"Dwight Gayle, we’ve had back in training this week, and Jeff Hendrick’s returned to training this week.

"Matt Ritchie’s got a knee problem, we’ll have to assess how he is.

"And, of course, we’re missing the long-termers, Feddy Fernandez, Callum Wilson and Isaac Hayden.”

Jamal Lewis is also back in training having suffered a hamstring injury against Liverpool at Anfield last month.

Howe said: “He hasn’t had a lot of training, but he’s back, so pleased with him.”

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