Howe to make first appearance in Newcastle dugout against Arsenal after negative test

Eddie Howe will manage Newcastle United for the first time in person against Arsenal tomorrow – after returning a negative COVID-19 test.

The head coach has been in isolation since last Friday, having testing positive following training that day.

That forced him to miss the opening home match of his tenure, the 3-3 draw with Brentford, for which he instead was in constant contact with Jason Tindall and Graeme Jones, his assistants, via telephone as he watched the game on a live feed in his hotel room.

However, Tindall, who conducted the pre-Arsenal press conference this morning, insisted that, should Howe provide a negative test today, then following advice from “medical professionals”, the head coach would be able to lead his team at the Emirates.

NHS regulations in the UK requires individuals to isolate for at least 10 days from returning a positive test, or traced back to the point they started experiencing symptoms. Newcastle subsequently confirmed that Howe would be present at the Emirates, with his symptoms traced back to the middle of last week. Sources insists all protocols have been followed.

Tindall did not clarify exactly why Howe may be released from his isolation period inside those 10 days, although when the head coach conducted his pre-Brentford press conference last Friday, he did have a croaky voice and complained of a sore throat, which he had thought was down to shouting on the training ground.

From Sunday to Tuesday, Howe was ill and suffering from symptoms in his hotel room. But Tindall, who stresses Howe has “followed all the protocols”, believes there is a “bit of a difference” in how the head coach is feeling now to how he was at the start of the week.

“Hopefully if Eddie provides a negative test today, he’ll be on the touchline tomorrow,” Tindall said. “You want your leader, you want your manager there.

“We’ve missed seeing the manager out on the grass and we’re looking forward to having him back. The sooner he can be, the better.”

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