Newcastle injuries: Latest Pope, Isak & Joelinton news and potential return dates

  • Newcastle currently have a mountain of key injuries
  • First-choice goalkeeper Nick Pope is out of action with a dislocated shoulder
  • Joelinton and Harvey Barnes are some of the other names on a lengthy list

Nick Pope has joined an extensive injury list
Nick Pope has joined an extensive injury list / Stu Forster/GettyImages

The added strain of the Champions League undoubtedly had a large bearing on Newcastle United this season.

Eddie Howe's side benefited from a continental absence last term as injuries failed to compromise the Magpies' charge towards a top-four spot. However, with the increased workload of European football, Newcastle's absences have piled up - even since their group-stage exit.

Here are the latest injury updates on the Magpies' current absentees and when each could return to action.

Nick Pope

Nick Pope
Nick Pope was injured against Man Utd / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages
  • Issue: Shoulder
  • Potential Return: April 2024

Nick Pope suffered a dislocated shoulder against Manchester United in December and was unsurprisingly withdrawn in the second half as a result.

The goalkeeper required surgery to correct the problem and has been out of action since. Optimists are hopeful that Pope will make his comeback in early April with Martin Dubravka struggling since being tasked with deputising.

However, there is the possibility that Pope won't feature again for the Magpies this term, with his Euro 2024 involvement in jeopardy.


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Newcastle will be without their number seven for the foreseeable future / MB Media/GettyImages
  • Issue: Thigh
  • Potential Return: May 2024

"It isn't good," Howe grimly surmised. Joelinton damaged a tendon in his quadriceps at the start of 2024, ruling him out for "a minimum of six weeks" according to the Newcastle boss. That diagnosis was somewhat optimistic.

The industrious Brazilian underwent surgery in late January, but he could feature before the end of the season.

After confirming his successful surgery, Newcastle then wrote: "The midfielder will now commence a period of rehabilitation overseen by the club's medical team and is expected to return to action in May 2024."

Joe Willock

Joe Willock
Willock has struggled with injuries this term / Visionhaus/GettyImages
  • Issue: Heel injury
  • Potential Return: February 2024

Joe Willock has had rotten luck with fitness issues this season and has now been dealt a fresh setback. Having featured just six times this term, he has suffered a heel injury that has kept him out since the November international break.

The recovery for Willock seems to have been slow but Howe has been keen to stress that the midfielder's injury is not "long-term" or "too bad".

Sandro Tonali

Sandro Tonali
Tonali played his last game of the season against Borussia Dortmund / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages
  • Issue: Betting suspension
  • Potential Return: August 2024

There's no injury to Sandro Tonali to be concerned about but the Italian midfielder has already played his final game of the 2023/24 campaign.

Tonali is serving a ten-month suspension for gambling breaches which means Newcastle supporters won't be seeing their star summer arrival in action until the start of the 2024/25 season. The midfielder will also miss Euro 2024.

Elliot Anderson

Elliot Anderson
Anderson has been ruled out for the long haul with a back injury / Stu Forster/GettyImages
  • Issue: Back
  • Potential Return: Late February 2024

Young Elliot Anderson was hoping to enjoy a breakthrough campaign after impressing in spurts last term, but the dynamic midfielder endured a pretty significant injury setback.

The severity of Anderson's injury didn't immediately reveal itself. "The day after the [Crystal] Palace game he just woke up with a sore back. It didn't really go away, so we've had scans and tests and it looks like it's going to be eight weeks," Howe said ahead of the October draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Anderson, however, is now closing in on a return and he could feature in black and white before the end of February.

Matt Targett

Matt Targett
Targett was injured in Newcastle's Carabao Cup win at Man Utd / Michael Regan/GettyImages
  • Issue: Hamstring
  • Potential Return: Late February 2024

Dan Burn's absence was felt even more with backup Matt Targett also out of action for the foreseeable future.

The former Aston Villa left-back pulled up early on during Newcastle's 3-0 Carabao Cup win at Man Utd in November and required surgery on a hamstring problem, with Howe confirming Targett would be missing "for around three months".

Like Anderson, though, Howe should be able to call upon Targett before the end of February.

Jacob Murphy

Jacob Murphy
Murphy missed Newcastle's win over Nottingham Forest with a calf injury / Visionhaus/GettyImages
  • Issue: Calf injury
  • Potential Return: Late February 2024

After playing an unexpectedly prominent role last season, Murphy has endured a quieter 2023/24 as a result of a long-term shoulder injury.

The winger returned to the fold in January, but he wasn't available for the Magpies' 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest with Howe citing a calf injury to explain his absence.

“Jacob Murphy was unusable for us today. He didn’t feel great in the warm-up. He had a tight calf,” the boss confirmed. Murphy isn't expected to be sidelined for long, however.

Callum Wilson

Callum Wilson
Callum Wilson is very familiar with Newcastle's treatment room / Marc Atkins/GettyImages
  • Issue: Pectoral injury
  • Potential Return: Late February 2024

It's been a stop-start campaign for Wilson, who has been prolific when fit for Newcastle this season.

The striker missed plenty of time with a shoulder injury, and there were some concerns at the end of the Forest win as Wilson received medical attention for what looked like a similar issue. However, Howe speculated after the win that the Englishman had sustained a different knock.

“I don’t think it is his [Wilson's] shoulder, his shoulder is fine, which is great news.I think it is potentially a problem with one of the muscles in his arm, so we will wait and see."

Wilson has since been diagnosed with a pectoral injury, and there are doubts over his status this weekend as Newcastle take on Bournemouth.

Alexander Isak

Alexander Isak
Alexander Isak was escorted off the pitch by Newcastle's medical staff / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages
  • Issue: Groin injury
  • Potential Return: Late February 2024

Newcastle may not have fared well over the festive period but Alexander Isak enjoyed a personal hot streak. The springy Swede scored five goals in the club's first four games after Christmas.

Isak's streak ended in the league against Aston Villa but he only lasted 43 minutes before pulling up with another groin problem. Despite sitting out five games as October bled into November with a similar issue, there is optimism that Isak will recover before the end of February