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Howe confirms double boost to give ‘everyone a lift’; calms Newcastle, Saint-Maximin storm

Eddie Howe before a Newcastle United match

Eddie Howe has revealed Callum Wilson and Kieran Trippier could be available again for Newcastle United when they take on Manchester City.

After losing to Liverpool last week, Newcastle United will once again be up against a title challenger on Sunday when they visit Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. Currently in mid-table, it will be another test of their ambitions.

Howe has done a good job to guide them away from the relegation zone. Their form in recent months has been even more impressive considering Wilson hasn’t played since December and Trippier has been sidelined since February.

However, both have been back in training recently. Therefore, Howe is hoping he can have them back on the pitch in what remains of this season.

He told a press conference of Wilson: “He’s trained all week. He’s trained very well. He had two really tough days and he’s come through them well.

“He’s put a lot of work in to get to this point. He looks in a good place and there’s a good chance he’ll be involved on Sunday.”

The manager then added: “Kieran is slightly behind Callum in that he hasn’t trained every day but when he has trained, he’s done very well. We’ll make a late decision on him.”

The return of two of the most experienced players in the Newcastle United squad has been a welcome boost for their teammates.

Howe explained: “They’re both competitors. They’re both winners. They’re ready now. They’ve trained very well.

“It does give everyone a lift. When you see good players on the training pitch as part of your team, it can’t fail to inspire you.”

In contrast, Howe cannot yet commit to when defender Fabian Schar will be back, despite ruling out a fracture.

He said: “We haven’t seen him this week. We hope he’ll be back to be available but he’s not trained yet.

“He got a knock on the top of his foot so he went for a scan after the Liverpool game because it was swollen up. But fortunately there’s no fracture.”

Dummett deserves new deal

Someone who has already gone down the path of shaking off injury issues to become important again for Newcastle is Paul Dummett. The left-back signed a new contract recently.

According to Howe, he will be someone worth keeping around.

Howe said: “He’s a great personality. He’s Newcastle through and through. It’s very important that the characters in the squad are of the highest quality and he is. He has a lot to offer on the pitch as well.

“I’m really pleased to see him stay fit for a sustained period of time. He’s trained really well. Looking back to the Leeds game, which was pivotal for us, he played with minimal training time and I thought he was outstanding. He’s played his part and I’m delighted he’s staying.”

Howe clarifies Saint-Maximin stance

Someone who has been in the limelight for the wrong reasons since has been Allan Saint-Maximin. Newcastle’s flair player gave a controversial interview appearing to put down the finishing of his teammates.

But Howe has since spoken to the attacking midfielder, who will not be fined.

The manager clarified: “I think it’s just come across in the wrong way.

“You’d probably have to ask Allan what he meant by it, but it definitely wasn’t meant, I don’t think, as a criticism towards his teammates. I think it was more based around him rather than his teammates.

“Again, it’s difficult for me to comment on something someone else has said, but definitely Maxi was concerned yesterday. He came to see me and if he had meant those comments in the way they have come across and been published, then he wouldn’t have been in my office concerned about the reaction.

“It’s something that I’ll try to obviously speak to the guys about today and make sure there’s no fall-out from.”

Newcastle will all hope to be on the same page when they take on Man City on Sunday.

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