The Magpies have not identified the bulk of the players affected by the Covid-19 outbreak which forced the closure of the club’s training ground earlier this month, but the PA news agency understands skipper Lascelles and star man Saint-Maximin tested positive.

Both men have been absent since the 2-0 Premier League defeat by Chelsea at St James’ Park on November 21.

Head coach Steve Bruce revealed on Friday that two members of his squad in particular were suffering from the after-effects of the illness and could be out of action for weeks.

Lascelles watched Saturday evening’s 1-1 draw with Fulham from the stands and Bruce will hope his lay-off is drawing to a close with his defensive options having been severely depleted in recent weeks.

Javi Manquillo and Fabian Schar are also sidelined, while Federico Fernandez, who had returned to the side after recovering from the virus, lasted only until half-time at the weekend and was replaced by midfielder Isaac Hayden, another who had earlier tested positive.

French winger Saint-Maximin is arguably the club’s most creative player and his invention has been sorely missed.

Newcastle face Brentford in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday evening before difficult league fixtures against Manchester City, Liverpool and Leicester.

Leeds showed why Newcastle fans want something more. Everton, Bukayo Saka and Brighton also get a mention.

Steve Bruce revealed two Newcastle players are “not well at all” after contracting coronavirus.

“When we have a striker like Dwight, it’s about getting him onto the pitch. I’m delighted for him, because of all the hard work he’s put in to get fit.”

Bruce says said new cases have arisen at the club in tests carried out on Monday and Wednesday.

Newcastle United’s victory over Crystal Palace moves them up to 10th in the Premier League.

Callum Wilson has been a hit since arriving on Tyneside from Bournemouth over the summer.

Liverpool will probably win it. But they might not. If they don’t win no.20, 21 is heading United’s way…

It suits no-one to accept the Premier League title race is an illusion. Yet it is Liverpool’s to lose.

Liverpool and Manchester United get all the praise while Arsenal get a complete shoeing.

The good news for Sam Allardyce is that not every team attacks with the Villa verve. Lord.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought his balloon and Leeds were absolutely not ready for it.


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