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As the injury issue worsens, Eddie Howe acknowledges that Newcastle has made “mistakes” this season.

Eddie Howe, the head coach of Newcastle United, acknowledged that “mistakes” had been made this season while also factoring in the expense of additional injuries to important members of his team.

Eddie Howe admits Newcastle have made ‘mistakes’ this season as injury crisis grows

This season, the Magpies have had to cope with an exceptionally long list of long-term injuries; key players including Callum Wilson, Nick Pope, Joe Willock, and Harvey Barnes have missed a significant portion of the campaign.

Barnes and Wilson were deemed fit last week, so it appears that some of those guys are starting to make a comeback, but others are taking their place in the locker room. For instance, Anthony Gordon and Alexander Isak will not go with the team to Nottingham Forest this coming weekend.

“We went into this season with a squad built to cope with all the demands we would face and all the competitions we would play in,” he said. “Unfortunately for us, we hope it’s been a one-off season, not just the number of injuries we have had but the length of time those players have been out for. “That has been the most difficult thing for us to deal with. You can handle one or two, but it has been three of four months for five, six, eight players. There has been no light at the end of the tunnel and then your squad is stretched and you get more injuries.

Italian midfielder Sandro Tonali was banned for nine months for breaking gambling rules.

“Of course when you have the number of injuries we have had, some of those have come from too much load or maybe our programs are not good enough in the gym,” said Howe. “The players do a lot of work. They don’t just go out on the training pitch, they do a lot of gym work, a lot of different things.

“If we are sitting here going, ‘We have not made any mistakes,’ I think we are being fools here. So of course we analyze everything. So when I say we are — I include everyone at the football club, no individual, no individual department — we are all in it together, of course we have to look at that and respond and improve. It’s been one of those seasons where you can feel everything has gone against us.”

Knocks to the normally ever-present Gordon and top scorer Isak have certainly added to the feeling of injustice. And while Howe now has Wilson available to start, it looks like Barnes, after five months out, will still not be risked from the start at the City Ground on Saturday.

“Callum has trained well this week, we’ve been really pleased with him. I thought he did well last week in his 45-minute cameo,” said Howe, referring to Wilson’s half-time return in the 4-4 home draw with Luton Town last Saturday.

“Prior to that game he hadn’t really trained with the team, so he was thrust back into action. But he looks good, he’s getting his sharpness back and had a good week in front of goal. I’d say he is (fit to start).”

Barnes came on as a substitute after 63 minutes last Saturday and scored his team’s forth goal of the day 10 minutes later.

“Harvey has worked incredibly hard,” Howe said. “It’s been frustrating for him and I know he’s had that frustration internally for a long time, where he just didn’t feel right. He was working hard but still feeling some sensations in his foot but we saw his quality (last weekend) — what a finish that was on his wrong side from that distance.

“He only really had a small part of the goal to aim at and he finished it brilliantly. That moment summed up what we missed from potential substitutes when you’re struggling in the game and you need to change the flow and momentum. We haven’t had those options for a number of weeks. It was a big moment for us.”

One player who continues to be instrumental for the Magpies is Bruno Guimaraes. However, Howe is facing the prospect of losing his Brazilian talisman for two games, as he has notched up nine yellow cards in the league this season. One more will trigger the ban, which would further weaken the United ranks in a position where all three fit and available midfielders are playing, with no one in reserve.

Howe doesn’t believe this means Guimaraes should ease back on his combative style, however.

“He has to play in that line,” the coach said. “He is the type of player that has to be emotionally, committed to produce his best performance. I think he’ll be frustrated with some of the bookings he’s picked up this year but that’s all part of the learning process.

“Yes, he’s in a dangerous place for us; we don’t want to lose him and we’re desperate for him to stay available but hopefully he can keep his emotions under control and we can get through this period.

“You saw how important he is toward the finish against Luton. His crosses for Jacob Murphy’s final-minute opportunity and Kieran Trippier’s goal were both outstanding plays.

Howe also considered the potential implementation of a “blue card,” which referees could use to penalize players for cynical fouls by confining them to a “sin bin” for ten minutes.

He opposes the proposed change, much like his unfavorable views toward the video assistance referee.

To be honest, I’m not a huge admirer,” he remarked. “I believe that is the purpose of yellow cards. The current system, in my opinion, functions effectively; proper application is necessary. I oppose the addition of a blue card because I believe it will only cause further confusion.

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