Newcastle injury news: Eddie Howe rocked by Joelinton & Fabian Schär injury vs Fulham

In the first half of Newcastle vs Fulham, Eddie Howe was rocked by a double injury blow, including a Joelinton & Fabian Schär injury.

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Just as the Newcastle injury news was beginning to look more positive for Eddie Howe, the situation has now taken two steps backwards. In the Premier League meeting between Newcastle vs Fulham, Joelinton was subbed off via injury after the concerning Fabian Schär injury blow just shy of 20 minutes beforehand.

Newcastle injury news: Eddie Howe rocked by Joelinton & Fabian Schär injury vs Fulham

Fabian Schär was replaced at the back by Emil Krafth and Joelinton was replaced in the midfiel by Lewis Miley, who is thankfully fresher as he was taken off in midweek against AC Milan.

It was a first half which was full of action, but it only lacked goals. Newcastle head into the second half with the advantage as they are playing with eleven men against Fulham's ten, after Raul Jimenez was sent off in the first half.

However, if you were to ask Eddie Howe if he'd like to trade that red card for his two injured players, I'm sure he'd bite your arm off at the chance. St James Park is riddled with injuries and the the Fabian Schär injury is especially of concern considering there isn't sufficient backup until Sven Botman returns to full match fitness.

Thankfully for the English boss, the Dutch centre back Sven Botman is nearing his return from injury, as he is included on the bench in today's Premier League match.

Newcastle dominated the first half and look like the most likely team to win, as they took on a total of 11 shots and returned an xG (expected goals) of 0.92, compared to Fulham's 0.18. If these stats by FotMob are anything to go by, then surely a return in the second half is imminent. I certainly back us for a winning goal, although Fulham will inevitably defend deeper.

What do you make of Newcastle vs Fulham so far?