Newcastle welcome a Kylian Mbappe led Paris Saint-Germain in a Champions League clash on Wednesday, with changes to the starting line-up all but guaranteed.
Injury news has ravaged Newcastle’s early season ambitions, with Eddie Howe expected to be forced into multiple changes when Champions League football returns to St. James Park on Wednesday.
Reports from training have created further doubts about the availability Joelinton, Sven Botman and Sandro Tonali as none were present for the beginning of the session – though the latter did join the session later on, with rumours on social media being he was receiving treatment for a slight knock.
SportsByte has learned that Botman will be out for the game, and it is likely that club captain Jamaal Lascelles will lead the side out as the Champions League anthem blares around NE1 in the Dutch defender’s absence.
Joelinton is also unlikely to feature in any capacity – opening up a huge opportunity for Elliot Anderson, Lewis Hall and Lewis Miley to pick up some minutes in Europe’s most prestigious club competition.
Newcastle’s midfield has seen more than its fair share of injury this season, with Joe Willock currently undergoing a lengthy period of absence. If Tonali is to join him on the treatment table for the midweek clash, it would be highly likely that one of the three previously mentioned young midfielders would complete the midfield with Bruno Guimaraes and Sean Longstaff.
Howe isn’t afraid to change a winning formula, and despite scoring an absolute howitzer in the 2-0 win at Burnley it is possible Miguel Almiron makes way from the starting line-up – with Howe preferring Jacob Murphy to the Paraguayan in the San Siro stalemate.
Predicted line-up: Pope / Trippier, Lascelles, Schar, Burn / Guimaraes, Anderson, Longstaff / Murphy, Isak, Gordon