Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe is optimistic about the return of key players, including attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron, as they aim to break a four-match losing streak in the Premier League during their upcoming clash with Aston Villa.
Almiron, who has been a consistent presence with 18 starts this season, has been sidelined for two weeks due to illness, but Howe is hopeful for his availability. However, central defender Jamaal Lascelles may be absent from the game due to a calf injury, with Howe expressing uncertainty about his participation.
Addressing the media on Monday, Howe provided updates on the team's injury concerns, emphasizing the potential return of several regular players in the coming weeks. While Harvey Barnes and Callum Wilson are nearing a comeback, the recovery timelines for Joe Willock and Elliot Anderson extend a bit further.
Howe remains cautiously optimistic about their gradual return, aiming to bolster the squad after a challenging period with multiple defeats in recent league games.
Despite a remarkable 5-1 victory against Villa earlier in the season, Newcastle has struggled to maintain momentum and currently sits in 10th place with 29 points. Villa, in contrast, occupies the fourth position with a substantial 14-point lead over Newcastle.
As they gear up for the crucial fixture, Howe is banking on the potential return of key players to reignite Newcastle's campaign and steer them towards a more positive trajectory in the Premier League.