Eddie Howe admits that Newcastle may have a hard time putting together a team after the recent injuries

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Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has admitted that he can fight to line up a team for the club’s next match, with Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin both limping away on Monday night.

Howe could only mention a match day team of 19 instead of the usual 20 for Manchester United’s visit and included two goalkeepers on the bench to push up the numbers.

Wilson could not continue after half-time after suffering from what is feared to be a calf muscle strain, while Saint-Maximin also received help from the pitch in the final stages.

Losing players to injury and with the ongoing threat of positive Covid-19 cases, Howe risks not having enough players to appoint a team for future matches – Newcastle now face Everton on Thursday and Southampton on Sunday.

“The boys gave everything but we are thin on the ground when it comes to bodies,” Howe told Sky Sports after the match. “These are difficult times for us. I think it’s 13 plus a goalkeeper [players required for a game to proceed]. We will be dangerously close to that figure.

“Callum’s injury does not look good. Just like he went down without anyone around him. Allan, I do not think is as serious.”

Reflecting on Wilson’s status in more detail, Howe added to BBC Radio 5 Live that the striker could be ruled out for “weeks, maybe months” due to the nature of the problem.

Wilson and Saint-Maximin join a list of seven other Newcastle players currently unavailable, including Joe Willock, Federico Fernandez, Ciaran Clark and Jamal Lewis.

Isaac Hayden missed the match on Monday night due to suspension and will at least be eligible to return for the trip to Everton later this week.

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