All the latest Newcastle United news ahead of tomorrow’s game with Burnley at St James’ Park.
Barnes injury timescale
Newcastle United won’t see Harvey Barnes again until 2024 after a visit to the specialist this week.
The Toon winger limped off at Sheffield United at the start of the 8-0 win with a toe injury and is now wearing a protective boot. But the good news is he will not require surgery and avoids going under the knife.
Sharing the news of Barnes’ lay off, Howe said today: “We think he’s going to be out for around three months. No surgery will be required which is good news but his foot is now in a boot.
“It’s an injury underneath his toe. He’s now started his recovery and he’s got to rest to let it recover then we can build him back up again.”
Man United TV date
Newcastle United’s Carabao Cup fourth-round game against Manchester United at Old Trafford has been chosen for live TV coverage. The Magpies were rewarded for their 1-0 win over Man City with a tough draw in what will be a repeat of last season’s final.
The game will kick off at 8.15pm on Wednesday, November 1 and will be shown on Sky Sports. West Ham’s game with Arsenal will also be shown on TV that night, kicking off at 7.30pm.
Bruno contract latest
Eddie Howe wants Bruno Guimaraes’ contract “concluded” sooner rather than later with the Newcastle United head coach eager to get the Brazil star back to focusing firmly on football.
With Bruno’s contract talks progressing, the midfielder has looked happier on the field and performed brilliantly away to Shefifeld United in the 8-0 win and helped Newcastle progress in the Carabao Cup against Man City with a strong showing in the second half at St James’ Park.
Howe told Chronicle Live: “I think for any player the contract is important because you want stability. You want the player to enter the training and games without thinking about their future, that’s any player not just Bruno, you want them just thinking about football.
“I’m taking everything off the pitch away from them. Personal issues they may have, contract issues, the football is the most important thing. If any player trains and plays to the best of their ability they are only going to receive good things off the back of that. So fingers crossed we can reach a conclusion.”
Burnley boss Vincent Kompany knows his side will face a tough task against a buoyant Newcastle United side tomorrow. The Magpies trounced Sheffield United 8-0 last week before knocking holders City out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
“There is something there for us in terms of having a good performance, hopefully a result as well,” Kompany said. “There are not many away grounds that are harder than that ground and I’m really interested in seeing where the team is against that level of opponent, away from home especially.
“If you play well at St James’, it’s not just about playing well, we want the result like every other team, but if you can perform well at St James’ Park, you can perform anywhere in this league.”