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Newcastle: Craig Hope drops Bruno Guimaraes injury update

Newcastle United will head to South London this evening for their Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and some major early team news has been revealed by a reliable source.

What’s the latest?

The Daily Mail’s North East correspondent Craig Hope has revealed that Bruno Guimaraes has recovered from a concerning ankle injury and will be in the squad against Palace tonight.

Hope tweeted: “Bruno Guimaraes has recovered from the ankle injury sustained on Sunday & will be part of the Newcastle squad this weekend #nufc.”

It’s a huge boost for Howe

There is no doubt that a rapid return for Guimaraes will be a huge boost for Eddie Howe as the midfielder has become one of the most important players in Newcastle’s transformation over the last 12 months.

Over 16 Premier League appearances this season, the Brazilian sensation has scored three goals, registered three assists and created two big chances, as well as averaging 1.1 key passes, 2.4 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 1.2 successful dribbles and 6.8 duels won per game, proving that he is defensively solid and potent in attack too.

Not only that, Guimaraes ranks in the top 6% of his positional peers across the top five European leagues for non-penalty goals, dribbles completed and tackles, whilst ranking in the top 20% for assists and blocks, proving that he is one of the most high-performing central midfielders in Europe right now.

Howe is a huge admirer of his talented midfielder – who joined Newcastle from Lyon in a £40m deal just under a year ago – and has hailed Guimaraes an “incredible talent” when reflecting on the player’s time at the club so far:

“He’s an incredible talent and an incredible person. We love him to bits, and we’re enjoying watching him, coaching him and playing a part in his development.”

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The Magpies are currently fourth in the Premier League table, however, a victory today over Patrick Vieira’s side away from home would see the side leapfrog Manchester United into third and put them just one point behind Manchester City in second.

With that being said, Guimaraes’ return to action will put Newcastle in a great position to continue their dominance at the top of the table and give them a boost ahead of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Southampton.