Newcastle team news: Eddie Howe confirms Joelinton boost ahead of Liverpool game

Newcastle have been boosted by the return of Joelinton ahead of facing Liverpool this weekend.

The Brazilian midfielder was forced off against Manchester City with an injury issue that led to him missing training at the beginning of the week.

However, Eddie Howe has confirmed Joelinton will be fit for Sunday’s meeting at St James’ Park.

He told reporters: “Joe is fine. We didn't see him in the early part of the week but he trained in the latter part so fingers crossed he's OK.”

New signing Lewis Hall is unlikely to be dropped start into the starting line-up after signing from Chelsea.

Newcastle are contending with a few injury absentees, with Emil Krafth, Javier Manquillo and Joe Willock unavailable.

Howe provided a promising update on Willock’s comeback from a hamstring issue ahead of the visit of Liverpool.

The manager said: “He's making good progress. This is probably the strongest he's looked in terms of his hamstring. He had it re-scanned a couple of days ago and the report back was very good, no problems.

“I think he had a bit of fatigue in his hamstring but he's done really well. He'll be training with us around the international break and he's a massive player.”