Howe gives injury updates before 'massive' game at Man Utd

Eddie Howe has been speaking to the media before Wednesday's Premier League game at Manchester United (20:00 BST kick-off).

Here are the key lines from the Newcastle United boss:

  • Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson have not been in training, so they will be assessed on Tuesday should they return. On Isak, Howe said: "He wasn’t feeling 100% and we knew on Friday that he was slightly under the weather."

  • On whether Joelinton, who returned from injury against Brighton, will play a key role: "His was a serious injury and required an operation, so I need to ensure he is the Joelinton we know and not someone who is trying to find his rhythm with two games to go. That would be foolish of me."

  • He said Wednesday's game against Manchester United "is massive for both clubs", but added that his side are "desperate" to qualify for Europe.

  • Qualification "in whatever form is a driving force" for them now because they "need to be there as a football club".

  • On the Magpies' and Manchester United's injury woes this season: "It is at the end of a long season for both clubs, but we back all of our squad. We have had injuries all season but the players have stood up."

  • He said "the mix of quality on the bench is better" now that players are returning from injury, but they remain "limited on numbers".

  • On Manchester United and what he expects from the game: "It will be tough - when you look at their record at home, they have been competitive. You never underestimate the challenge of going to Old Trafford."

  • Despite already beating Erik ten Hag's side 3-0 away from home in the Carabao Cup this season, "it is a new challenge" and they cannot rely on the outcome of that game.

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