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30th Mar 2024

Newcastle fans declare the club ‘cursed’ amid injury woes

Luke Davies

Newcastle fans have declared the club as ‘cursed’ amid an injury crisis.

The Magpies were victorious in the day’s early kick-off at St.James’ Park. They went ahead from the penalty spot thanks to Alexander Isak but found themselves trailing by three goals to one on 48 minutes. However, Newcastle fought back. After another Isak spot-kick, Harvey Barnes scored twice in seven minutes to hand the home side a 4-3 victory in a barnstorming game on Tyneside.

Although fans will be delighted by the result, there will be concern around Newcastle’s growing injury list. Jamal Lascelles was the first to depart, he hobbled off on 17 minutes. The returning Tino Livramento was the next to depart, the youngster was replaced by Miguel Almiron. The Paragyan’s afternoon then came to an end 11 minutes later when he was replaced by the matchwinner, Barnes.

Newcastle have already suffered several injury blows this season. Sven Botman is expected to miss the rest of the season with a Knee injury. Sandro Tonali has not featured this term due to suspension with future unclear. Lewis Miley is suffering from a lower back injury but is expected to return in May. Callum Wilson is nursing a chest injury with an expected return in May. Brazilian midfielder, Joelinton, is out with a thigh injury. Kieran Trippier is suffering from a heel problem while Nick Pope remains on the sidelines with a shoulder issue.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe spoke to BBC Sport after the game, he said:

“It’s been the story of our season. Unfortunately we were getting hit left right and centre today. We were 1-0 up and then Jamaal [Lascelles] goes off. Miggy [Almiron] goes off, Anthony [Gordon] is sent off, Tino [Livramento] goes off. It is a catalogue one after another but the players we brought on made a positive impact and that’s the beauty of our squad.”

He continued, this time, praising Barnes: “He is an incredible player. We have missed him this season and he would have given us quality wherever he played. He is a goalscorer and they are so valuable and his two finishes today were of the highest quality. Of course, the last one was memorable and will always be remembered and what a finish it was. That’s the quality he has.”

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