Magpies still feeling the effects of Covid outbreak ahead of Leicester game

Newcastle welcome Leicester on Sunday afternoon aiming for a 50th league win against The Foxes.

The Magpies are currently on their longest Premier League winless run this season, so it’s a bad time to welcome to St James’ Park a side who have won on each of their past four league visits, plus both league meetings last season, scoring eight goals without reply.

Leicester haven’t lost their opening league game of the year for 12 seasons and are boosted by the news that defender Jonny Evans has signed a new contract at the King Power. He could make an appearance alongside Caglar Soyuncu, who has not played in the Premier League since October.

Magpies head coach Steve Bruce has no fresh selection problems but is still feeling the effects of the club’s coronavirus outbreak. Both skipper Jamaal Lascelles and striker Allan Saint-Maximin remain on the sidelines as they continue to recover, plus they’ll be without midfielder Ryan Fraser and Isaac Hayden, who is suspended.

Leicester are expected to give a late fitness test to playmaker James Maddison, but Brendan Rodgers is expected to recall the majority of his key players at Newcastle. Wilfred Ndidi, Youri Tielemans, and Jamie Vardy were on the bench with Soyuncu last time out due to rotation, and are set to be back in the starting line up this weekend.

The game kicks off at 215pm on Sunday afternoon.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce confirms two continuing Covid-19 cases at St. James’ Park

Club captain Jamal Lascelles and star man Allan Saint-Maximin have been confirmed as the two players in question with Bruce stating he has no timescale on their expected return to action.

The Magpies have been battling to contain an internal outbreak of the virus at their Darsley Park training base since the start of the month.

That forced the postponement of their clash with Aston Villa on December 1 but the club has since stated they are confident the situation is now under control.

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