Andy Carroll runs with the ball in a ball handling drill during a Newcastle United training session on January 09, 2020

Newcastle United give injury updates on Andy Carroll and four others ahead of Arsenal fixture

Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce has given an update on the club's injury situation ahead of the trip to the Emirates to play Arsenal


Joelinton will be fit to play for Newcastle United against Arsenal and Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto have trained ahead of the game at the Emirates - but Andy Carroll and Jonjo Shelvey remain sidelined.

Joelinton had to come off just a few minutes after doubling the Magpies' lead against Oxford United last week after injuring his rib earlier in the half but it was just a knock.

Muto has not played since coming off with a hip injury at Rochdale last month while Gayle suffered a hamstring injury in the 1-1 draw against Wolves a few weeks ago.

The pair could be included in the match day squad on Sunday to give Steve Bruce some much-needed forward options in reserve.

"Well, we're just going to assess whether it's a little bit early for Muto and Dwight but they're training, of course," the Newcastle head coach told reporters at his pre-match press conference.

"The big problem we've got still is Andy's still not right so that's a concern to us going forward. We expected him to be OK but unfortunately he's not. Everyone else is the same as what we are."

Bruce turned down the chance to sign Cenk Tosun last month and decided against bringing in another striker in the January transfer window because he felt there was no one better out there who could immediately improve his squad.

The Newcastle head coach had previously hoped Carroll would be in contention after the winter break but the 31-year-old remains sidelined with a hip injury.

"We don't think so," Bruce said when asked if it was a serious injury. "Thankfully it's not his ankle but this hip come hip flezxor. Whatever it is, when he gets to a certain level when he tries the rehabilitation, he's still not quite right so we just have to keep monitoring it and see how he is.

"It's a big frustration. There was a time just before Christmas when we were looking and he's made a few assists and started a few games.

"It's exactly why we brought him into the club and unfortunately he's picked up this injury, which is frustrating because all of a sudden it's drifting into five, six weeks when we expected it to be 10 days.
Newcastle United's Andy Carroll is subbed on for Miguel Almiron during the FA Cup third round replay match at St James' Park, Newcastle(Image: PA)

"I'm sure he's as frustrated as we all are but unfortunately he's got to try and get fit and hopefully he will be ready in a couple of weeks or whenever it will be. We're not putting a time scale on it. It's just the way it is."

Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring), Javier Manquillo (hamstring) and Emil Krafth (ankle) remain sidelined while Paul Dummett (knee) looks set to miss the rest of the season.

Jetro Willems returned to parent club Eintracht Frankfurt after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last month and has started his rehabilitation after undergoing surgery.