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Newcastle United: Eddie Howe shares ‘really good’ Ritchie news

Newcastle United: Eddie Howe shares ‘really good’ Ritchie news -Newcastle United News

During his latest press conference, Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe has shared some ‘really good’ news in the hours building up to the Magpies’ clash against Southampton.

The Lowdown: Howe’s tenure

Things got off to a rocky start when Eddie Howe arrived at the Tyneside club at the end of November. In his first six Premier League matches in charge, the Magpies lost four. It was at this time when fans were patiently waiting until January, when the new leadership could be unleashed upon the transfer market.

Newcastle were quick to act, bringing in five additions to bolster the squad’s options and boost its quality. As a result, Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Bruno Guimaraes, Dan Burn and Matt Targett all arrived at St. James’ Park.

Following on from this, Newcastle have seen a drastic change in their results. In their last eight league games, the Magpies have picked up 18 points.

The Latest: Howe’s news…

Ahead of Newcastle’s away fixture to Southampton, Howe took to his press conference to confirm the team news, revealing some ‘really good’ information.

As quoted by Chris Waugh, of The Athletic, Howe claimed:

“Nothing new of major concern. We have a few niggles. Matt Ritchie has returned to training, which is a really good thing.”

This comes after the Scot was spotted in training this week, so we can safely assume he is now an option for the boss against Southampton.

The Verdict: Boost for NUFC

This follows Ritchie sustainment of a knee injury in January’s shock FA Cup defeat to Cambridge United.

This news will come as a boost to the Newcastle squad, as they are set to enter a congested schedule, where they will undertake three games in a seven-day period.

The 32-year-old, who has featured for the Magpies 186 times, will bring a calming and experienced presence to the side, even if only as a rotational option in a hectic flurry of games.

In other news: Newcastle United: Magpies agree fee for first summer signing

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