Eddie Howe WILL be in the dugout for Newcastle’s trip to Arsenal on Sunday

Eddie Howe has tested negative for Covid-19 and will return to lead Newcastle United for the first time at Arsenal on Saturday.

The 43-year-old missed last weekend’s 3-3 draw at home to Brentford after learning he had contracted the virus less than 24 hours before kick-off.

Howe has been isolating in his hotel room for the past week but the club have now confirmed he is free to travel to London for the lunchtime kick-off.


Eddie Howe will be in the dugout for Newcastle United’s trip to Arsenal this weekend

Howe missed Newcastle’s 3-3 draw with Brentford due to a positive Covid test before the game

It is thought Howe’s symptoms were traced back to 10 days prior to this weekend’s game, although assistant Jason Tindall said during Friday’s pre-match press conference that the head coach had no symptoms last Friday and was surprised by the positive result. If so, that would suggest Howe is still within his 10-day isolation period.

However, the Premier League say each case is judged on its own merits and if all medical departments are satisfied it is safe after a negative PCR result, then it is possible for individuals to be released from isolation.

‘Every team wants their manager, their leader, on the sideline,’ Tindall said of Howe’s return. ‘It’s the person they look to for guidance, instruction & comfort so it’s really important for the football club that Ed’s there.

‘For the players to see the manager there will be a huge lift for them.’

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