The Chronicle report that Newcastle United could be without two key midfielders in the form of Joelinton and Sean Longstaff on Saturday as the Toon travel south to Yorkshire to take on struggling Leeds United at Elland Road.
Leeds return to Elland Road in the first of three games left to save their Premier League campaign. Sam Allardyce welcomes his old side to Yorkshire, after watching his new Leeds side lose 2-1 to Manchester City last time out.
Big Sam admitted after the defeat to City that the job of saving Leeds was going to come down to three matches – and the first of those is Newcastle. Now, Leeds might be in line for a bit of a double boost, in the midfield area.
That is because The Chronicle state that Longstaff is likely to be on the sidelines for a bit longer than expected after picking up a knock in the 5-1 win over Everton. He is due to see a specialist. Joelinton has also picked up an injury.
Indeed, he started against Arsenal last time out in the 2-0 loss – but limped off the field of play. Not many are aware of the extent of the injury – but the Chronicle state that Joelinton is a “doubt” for this weekend’s league outing.
Newcastle could be without Joelinton and Longstaff against Leeds
The duo have been first choice for Newcastle this season. In Eddie Howe’s 4-3-3 system, Joelinton has played in midfield in front of Bruno Guimaraes, or on the left wing when Joe Willock, Longstaff and Guimaraes are all fit.
But with Longstaff injured, and Joelinton out, it will be interesting to see who comes in in the middle of the park. Allan Saint-Maximin is likely to play on the left. It might be that youngster Elliot Anderson comes into the side.