Newcastle United injury blow as eighth player ruled out of Chelsea clash

Newcastle United travel to Chelsea with a somewhat depleted squad.

Newcastle United are without EIGHT players for the final Premier League game of the campaign at Chelsea (kick-off 4:30pm).

Eddie Howe’s side head to Stamford Bridge having already sealed Champions League qualification. There is, however, a chance of finishing above Manchester United in third.

The Magpies must beat the Blues and hope Erik ten Hag’s men fail to beat Fulham at Old Trafford. The starting XI Howe names, however, are expected to feature several changes.

Nick Pope won’t play after undergoing hand surgery, so Martin Dubravka is set to deputise. Joelinton and Javier Manquillo have also been ruled out.

“We have a few issues,” said Howe. “I think the end of the season has come at a good time for us.

“Players like Joelinton will miss the game, for example. [Javier] Manquillo will miss the game, and then we’ve got the others who have been injured going into the Leicester game.

“We’re stretched, but it will give us a chance to have a look at, maybe, one or two other things.”