February 29, 2024

Eddie Howe’s injury problems have shown no sign of letting up after Callum Wilson picked up an injury in the 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund. It means the Newcastle United head coach will likely be forced to shuffle his pack one again with the Magpies in the midst of an injury crisis.

Bruno Guimaraes will already miss the trip to the south coast on Saturday, having picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 1-0 win over Arsenal. The absence of the Brazilian means there’ll be one change as a bare minimum for the clash with the Cherries, although Howe didn’t rule Wilson out of the tie completely.

Speaking after the result at the Signal Iduna Stadium in midweek, Howe said: ” Callum was feeling a tightness in his hamstring; that forced our hand as well, so we are really stretched. It’s too early to say [for Saturday].”

Wilson and Saint-Maximin injuries increase pressure for Newcastle's 'most  complicated' transfer window - The Athletic

Along with Joe Willock, Anthony Gordon should be expected to join the team. Should the Tyneside injury problem deteriorate, the former of the two is predicted to play a more central part at the Magpies, much as he did with the England U21s in the summer.

Summertime acquisition Miguel Almiron took Lewis Hall’s place at the halftime in Dortmund, and Howe might start the Paraguayan against the Cherries in a more advanced position.

Tino Livramento, who was perhaps Newcastle’s finest player in Dortmund, would probably move into a more natural deeper role as a result. Howe has to choose who to play on either side of the back four after the young defender demonstrated versatility by playing on either side of defense.

Although Kieran Trippier has been a staple at right-back, he also saw action in midweek against Dortmund on the left side of defense. Howe might potentially switch up his positioning and go to a back three or five, as seen in the Carabao Cup by Paul Dummett and Emil Krafth.

Luckily for Howe, he will also have the option to use Matt Ritchie, who, like the Swedish defender mentioned before, was not included in their team for this season’s Champions League and is expected to be fit for the match against Bournemouth.

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