Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe will miss his first game in charge of the club, a home clash against Brentford on Saturday, after testing positive for COVID-19, the Premier League club said in a statement on Friday.

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Howe, who addressed reporters earlier on Friday, tested positive following a routine test and will now isolate in line with government guidelines. “I’m very disappointed that I won’t be there with you all at St James’ Park tomorrow, but it is incredibly important that I follow the guidelines and self-isolate,” he told the club website.

‘Unwelcome news’

“I’d like to reassure everyone that I feel fine, and while this is unwelcome news for me, I know it hasn’t derailed our preparations for what is an important game.”

Assistant head coaches Jason Tindall and Graeme Jones will lead the team…

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