The Lowdown: Fitness concerns
Eddie Howe admitted that Schar was ‘feeling his hamstring‘ after taking him off in the 4-0 win at home to Aston Villa last weekend.
Callum Wilson also admitted earlier this week that he was feeling ‘run down‘ and hoped that he could recover from his illness in time for the weekend.
The Latest: Both ‘available’
Taking to Twitter, Magpies journalist for The Shields Gazette Miles Starforth has shared that both Schar and Wilson have ‘recovered’ and are now ‘available’ to play against the Saints:
“Fabian Schar and Callum Wilson have recovered from a hamstring problem and illness respectively, and will be available for the Southampton game.”
The Verdict: Big boost
Having both Schar and Wilson available after previous scares is certainly a big boost for Howe and his squad.
Wilson has six goals and two assists already in the top flight, while no Toon player has won more aerial duels or averaged more interceptions, clearances, blocks or long balls per game than Schar (WhoScored).
Nonetheless, both players are so key to the team and how they play, and if both start against Southampton, then it will certainly give the visitors a better chance of clinching all three points, and cementing themselves in the top four and in the race for a UEFA Champions League spot.
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