Newcastle boss Eddie Howe to make dugout debut for trip to Arsenal after Covid-19 absence

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Eddie Howe will be in the Newcastle dugout for the first time on Saturday afternoon when his new side travel to Arsenal.

The former Bournemouth boss, who was appointed by the Magpies earlier this month, missed his first game in charge after contracting Covid-19.

Howe had to watch from his hotel room as his side drew 3-3 at home to Brentford, but he will be at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow.

Howe returned a negative test for coronavirus on Friday morning and has been cleared to attend the game.

It is understood Howe has been allowed to travel under the Covid-19 protocol after his symptoms were traced back to last week.

Standing in for Howe at his pre-match press conference on Friday, assistant Jason Tindall said: “From my own personal experiences when I had Covid a couple of months ago, I had no symptoms to start with and it was only after about eight or nine days where it hit me really hard and I began to struggle.

“But from how Eddie was, I'd say Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, in comparison to how he’s now feeling and the tone of his voice the latter part of this week, there’s been a big difference.”

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