December 8, 2021

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Eddie Howe to miss first Newcastle game after testing positive for Covid-19

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Eddie Howe will miss his first match in charge of Newcastle United after testing positive for COVID-19.

He has entered self-isolation and could miss next weekend’s trip to Arsenal.

Assistants Graeme Jones and Jason Tindall will lead the club against Brentford on Saturday afternoon.

Howe, 43, was appointed head coach on November 8 following a £305 million Saudi-backed takeover.

A club statement read: “Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe will be absent from the club’s next Premier League match after testing positive for COVID-19 during a routine test on Friday.

“Eddie will now self-isolate in line with government guidance, meaning he will miss Saturday’s home match against Brentford at St. James’ Park — the first fixture since his arrival at the club.”

Howe added: “I’m very disappointed that I won’t be there with you all at St. James’ Park tomorrow, but it is incredibly important that I follow the guidelines and self-isolate.

“I’d like to reassure everyone that I feel fine, and while this is unwelcome news for me, I know it hasn’t derailed our preparations for what is an important game.

“I have been, and will be, in constant communication with my coaching team and the players, both tomorrow and during the week, and I know they will be giving everything on and off the pitch.”

Newcastle sit 19th in the league, and only above bottom club Norwich on goal difference.

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