Some big Newcastle United team news has been dropped involving Ryan Fraser ahead of their game at Brentford in the Premier League this afternoon.
The Lowdown: Injury scare
The 28-year-old suffered an injury scare late on in the 1-1 draw at West Ham United last week, having to be substituted for Miguel Almiron with just over 10 minutes left in the match.
Eddie Howe has since revealed that the Scotland international missed the early part of training in preparation for the clash against the Bees, but also commented on whether the winger will be fit enough to play.
The Latest: Fraser OK for Brentford clash
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the fixture, Howe has now confirmed (via Jordan Cronin) that Fraser ‘will be OK’, while he also gave updates on the fitness of five other players in his squad.
Should Newcastle start Fraser?
A ‘late call’ will be made on Allan Saint-Maximin, while Javier Manquillo is ‘getting closer’ to full fitness, but Callum Wilson, Kieran Trippier and Matt Ritchie all miss out once more.
The Verdict: Big news
If Saint-Maximin is declared unavailable for the match, then it is certainly a big plus to have another winger in Fraser fit enough to play.
Coupled with his one goal and one assist in the top flight so far this season, the former Bournemouth ace ranks fourth out of his Newcastle team-mates in terms of crosses per match (1.2). That is something from which Chris Wood should be able to thrive, as he wins far more aerial duels per game (10.2) than any Magpies player.
Howe will surely want a threat out wide if Saint-Maximin is absent, and Fraser would certainly provide that if he features in west London today.
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