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Newcastle: Dan Burn to travel to Saudi Arabia ‘within the next 24 hours’

Newcastle: Dan Burn to travel to Saudi Arabia ‘within the next 24 hours’ -Newcastle United News

Newcastle United defender Dan Burn will travel to Saudi Arabia to join the mid-season training camp ‘within the next 24 hours’, according to journalist Jordan Cronin.

The Lowdown: Injury scare?

The Premier League side jetted out to Riyadh on Sunday to begin a week-long camp in the Middle East to prepare for the return of domestic action following the conclusion of the World Cup.

However, supporters noticed that the 30-year-old was missing from the squad’s official team photo upon arrival, prompting concerns that he may have picked up an injury during the break.

The Latest: Cronin’s update

Taking to Twitter, Cronin confirmed that Burn didn’t make the initial flight, but is set to join his teammates imminently.

“Dan Burn did not travel with his NUFC teammates to Saudi Arabia yesterday but told he is due to link up with the squad within the next 24 hours.”

Expanding in his column for Newcastle World, the reporter claimed that the centre-back’s absence was ‘because of illness’, though the fact he is already jetting out suggests it was not serious.

The Verdict: Boost for Howe

Newcastle learning that Burn hasn’t sustained an injury or any major issue will come as a huge boost to Eddie Howe given the rock he’s been at the heart of his backline this season.

The 6 foot 4 colossus has been averaging 3.2 clearances and 2.1 aerial wins per league 90 minutes, alongside offering versatility having operated at left-back for a large majority of the term so far (WhoScored).

The Magpies are set to face Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup last 16 in just over a fortnight, and Burn being available for selection will only increase the chances of his side progressing to the quarter-finals.

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