Eddie Howe is hopeful Joelinton will be “back soon” after missing our last two games with a knee problem, believing it’s NOT a serious injury.
After our 1-0 win over Brentford last weekend, Howe admitted that the Brazilian would be missing for a “few weeks”, seeing him sit out our opening Champions League clash with AC Milan on Tuesday.
The boss admitted we missed his ball-winning skills and physical presence at the San Siro, but his comments suggest it won’t be too long until our midfield powerhouse returns to full fitness.
Joelinton is believed to have seen a knee specialist in Barcelona last weekend, however, he’s not back on Tyneside and will hopefully return to action ahead of schedule.
Speaking after the game, Howe spoke to TNT Sports about his absence:
“Yeah, Joe is a big player for us and has been for a number of months. Big, big personality. Big physical presence for us.
“We missed his ball winning skills in the middle of the pitch. But hopefully he’ll be back soon. I don’t think this is a serious injury. But it’s enough obviously to keep him out currently.”
‘Deal agreed’ – Newcastle United dealt transfer blow by Man City after unannounced double swoop
Newcastle United have been beaten to the signing of West Ham United academy midfielder Divine Mukasa.
Newcastle had been in talks with the 16-year-old over the summer but Premier League Champions Manchester City are now set to complete a move for the teenager this week. The Magpies have recently completed moves for two of Mukasa’s England Under-16s team-mates Leo Shahar and Trevan Sanusi from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City respectively.
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Mukasa has agreed a long-term deal which is formally set to be sealed within the next 48 hours. The Italian journalist labelled the transfer with his ‘here we go’ trademark with Newcastle set to miss out on an academy prospect.
The attacking-midfielder confirmed he was set to leave West Ham over the summer.
It has been an historic week for Newcastle’s academy as the club’s Under-19s side competed in the UEFA Youth League for the first time. The Young Magpies were beaten 4-0 by AC Milan’s youth team at the Vismara Sports Centre in Milan on Tuesday afternoon.
Newcastle’s academy have entered the competition as a result of the first-team competing in the Champions League and will face the respective academy sides from United’s three group stage opponents – Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain.
While Newcastle midfielder Sandro Tonali returned to face his former club at first-team level at the San Siro as the Magpies held Milan to a goalless draw, 18-year-old defender Cathal Heffernan played the full 90-minutes for Newcastle’s Under-19s side after joining the club from Milan’s academy over the summer.
EXCL: Manchester City poised to sign talented England U17 midfielder Divine Mukasa from West Ham — here we go, confirmed 🔵✨
Long term deal agreed — to be formally sealed in next 48h.
City keep going for best talents as their Academy remains crucial part of the club’s project. pic.twitter.com/9Y6GYBeh1w
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 20, 2023