Thursday, March 30, 2023

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe contemplating dropping Joelinton after drink-driving cost

Newcastle United supervisor Eddie Howe mentioned he was “not 100% sure” if he would come with Joelinton in his squad for Sunday’s Premier League residence recreation in opposition to Fulham after the midfielder was charged with drink-driving.

Northumbria Police charged Joelinton with “driving whilst above the prescribed limit for alcohol” after he was stopped within the early hours of Thursday. The Brazilian is because of seem in court docket on the finish of January.

Howe, whose staff are third within the league, mentioned the membership will take care of the matter internally and educate the 26-year-old in regards to the scenario.

“I’m going to have to reflect and analyse that. I’ll make a decision closer to the game, in consultation with him. I’m not 100% sure,” Howe instructed reporters on Friday when requested about Joelinton’s potential involvement within the recreation.

“It came very much as a shock. Difficult situation. Jo was very upset yesterday and I think he knows the seriousness of the situation. Obviously, I can’t say too much out of respect for the case, but I think he understands his responsibilities.

“We’re in a position now where we are supporting him but we also understand the seriousness of the situation.”

Joelinton has performed 21 matches for Newcastle this season, scoring three objectives — together with one in its 2-0 win over Leicester Metropolis within the final recreation, which sealed it a spot within the League Cup semifinals.

Howe mentioned that striker Callum Wilson and ahead Alexander Isak might begin collectively for the sport in opposition to Fulham. Wilson began in a entrance three within the final recreation earlier than Isak changed him within the 78th minute.

“Two outstanding players in their own right. The other day I decided to replace Callum because of his bad illness,” Howe mentioned.

“Alex has responded very well. He’s trained well this week. We have to be very careful with him because of the length of time he was out and the type of injury he had.

“He’s done all the work, looked in good condition, looks confident and wants to be involved.”

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