February 22, 2024

Following his return to full training last week, Joe Willock found a welcome spot on the bench after missing five months due to injury. Following a pre-game workout, Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe declared that the midfield player was “getting closer.”

Willock was selected as a replacement for Sandro Tonali, who is awaiting the results of an investigation into suspected illegal betting. Should he be found guilty, a lengthy ban may be imposed.

Tonali will continue to be involved for Newcastle until the club are told otherwise, but it is understood that a verdict is likely to be reached before the Wolverhampton Wanderers match on Saturday (5:30pm kick-off).

Howe made two changes to the team that defeated Crystal Palace 4-0 on Saturday for the Champions League comeback. Callum Wilson and Jacob Murphy, the game’s two top scorers, were benched in favor of Miguel Almiron and Alexander Isak in the starting lineup.

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