Callum Wilson is a doubt for Newcastle United’s final Premier League game before the World Cup.
In the build-up to what is a huge meeting with a Champions League rival at St James’ Park, the 30-year-old has been suffering from illness and Eddie Howe has confirmed he is yet to make a decision on the forward, who was recently called up to the England squad for the tournament in Qatar later this month.
Given Chris Wood scored against Southampton and Howe talked him up during the pre-match press conference, it seems likely he will feature up front. Allan Saint-Maximin, meanwhile, started alongside Wood in the Carabao Cup win over Crystal Palace, so is presumably available in at least some capacity.
Howe was quick to allay any fears over an injury to Kieran Trippier following his withdrawal at St Mary’s and the fact the head coach was able to rest a number of players during midweek will obviously help keep things fresh.
Joelinton, meanwhile, is no longer suspended and looks set to return to the midfield.
While players will naturally have eyes on the World Cup, Newcastle have a job to do. One last push and they can head into the break in full of confidence. For that reason, a strong lineup must surely be expected.
Newcastle United predicted XI (4-3-3): Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Guimaraes, Willock, Joelinton; Almiron, Wood, Saint-Maximin
Injured: Isak (thigh), Krafth (knee)
Doubts: Wilson (illness)
Date and time: Saturday 12 November, 5.30pm GMT
TV channel and live stream: Sky Sports
Venue: St James’ Park
Referee: Robert Jones, Andy Madley (VAR)