Gordon Injury not Serious, says Newcastle Boss Howe

Newcastle United winger Anthony Gordon’s knee injury is minor, and he might face Manchester City in the FA Cup quarterfinals on Saturday, according to manager Eddie Howe.

Gordon received his first England senior call-up on Thursday for upcoming internationals against Brazil and Belgium, despite concerns about his fitness.

The 23-year-old was taken off during Chelsea’s 3-2 Premier League defeat on Monday, raising concerns that he had suffered a major injury.

But Howe was excited about the match at City.

“It was a strange one because initially when you see a player come off like that you do fear that there is a serious injury,” Howe told reporters. “But he partly trained yesterday, he joined in and did okay, so I don’t think he did anything serious which is great news for us.

“We train again today; we will make a judgement after that.”

Gordon has impressed this season and England manager Gareth Southgate has rewarded him with a chance to stake a claim for inclusion in his squad for the European Championship.

“Delighted for him as I know it’s been a big ambition of his,” Howe said. “He deserves it, he’s been outstanding this season and grown week on week, I’m delighted that’s been recognised. He has worked so hard. He scored goals, creates goals and has done brilliantly for the team.”

Of more concern for Howe is Newcastle’s defensive problems as they try to keep their season alive by pulling off a shock win at The Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

“We’ve analysed (Monday’s defeat) and gone through it and reflected on it, now we are going to the best team in the country in my opinion and we will need a big improvement in our defensive resilience.”

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