The club released a training update for Newcastle United players yesterday (Monday 11 October).
Images released show Newcastle United players training against Tottenham ahead of Sunday’s game.
It was an added glimpse into reality as the photoshoot was really about showing the fact that Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi met players and coaching staff and watched a bit as they practice.
Nonetheless, I think it helped us to get some additional information on who is likely to be fit and available for the huge game on Sunday.
Among the texts that were part of Monday’s photo gallery, Newcastle United’s update included:
“Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi introduced themselves to the Newcastle United training ground on Monday afternoon.
It has been a few days since an investment group led by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), which also includes PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media, acquired the club on Thursday, and Ms. Staveley and Mr. Ghodoussi have already met employees at the St. James’ Park on Friday after outlining their plans for United in the hours following the takeover.
They met players including captain Jamaal Lascelles, Allan Saint-Maximin and Martin Dúbravka, as well as people behind the scenes, before watching some training sessions that afternoon.
Lascelles was back in the group along with last season’s leading scorer Callum Wilson, while Freddie Woodman was also back on the pitch after having been out with a hip injury in the last two games and Dúbravka still on the verge of returning. ‘
Photos released by Newcastle United on Monday afternoon showed the following 16 players we could see:
Karl Darlow, Martin Dubravka, Federico Fernandez, Dwight Gayle, Mark Gillespie, Isaac Hayden, Jamaal Lascelles, Jamal Lewis, Sean Longstaff, Javier Manquillo, Jacob Murphy, Matt Ritchie, Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson, Joe Willock, Freddie Woodman
We know the following about the missing:
Elliot Anderson played and scored twice in the Reserve’s 4-0 win over Birmingham last night.
Jonjo Shelvey also played most of the game and scored the opening goal, the midfielder declared fit after the game and hoped to be selected for the team / squad on Sunday.
Fabian Schar, Ryan Fraser, Jeff Hendrick and Emil Krafth are on the road with their countries, all four have their last international matches in October this evening, which means that they should all train with NUFC by Thursday at the latest (good to see that Jamal Lewis was allowed to return to training with Newcastle early after his red card over the weekend meant he won’t be able to play for Northern Ireland tonight).
Miguel Almiron has one game left too but not until Thursday night in Bolivia so it is less certain how fit / available he will be for Tottenham with a lengthy journey home.
This leaves only three other players in the 26-man squad (25 senior players named in the official PL squad and U21 Elliot Anderson) of the first team to be held accountable.
I think we can safely say that Paul Dummett is still injured and does not have to be available for Spurs.
The other two we couldn’t spot in Monday’s training footage were Ciaran Clark and Joelinton. They may just happen to be missing from the shots and the images selected to be viewed, or they may have some punch / injury that made them missing.
Back on the positives, of the players who were unavailable to lose at Wolves 10 days ago, it is likely that now all of the following players will be available – Callum Wilson, Martin Dubravka, Freddie Woodman, Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey.