Newcastle United youngster Elliot Anderson has picked up a slight injury niggle last week which is why he was not involved in the game on Saturday.
This has been suggested by the journalist Ross Gregory who has been speaking on the NUFC Matters YouTube channel to discuss the recent draw against Bournemouth.
Without the youngster, Ryan Fraser started on the left side of the front three alongside Alexander Isak and Miguel Almiron but it proved a fruitless afternoon for the Scotsman.
Fraser managed just 37 touches of the ball against the Cherries in which he lost possession 12 times and failed to land either of his two attempted crosses (via SofaScore).
However, on a more positive note, Gregory believes Anderson will be available for the trip to Fulham when domestic football returns from the international break:
(10:00) “Yeah, just a bit of a niggle again, nothing major. So he should be back for once the international break is over with so yeah, just just a bit of a niggle. So hopefully he’s okay.”
TIF Thoughts on Gregory’s comments…
It is certainly a sham that Anderson was unable to play on the weekend given Eddie Howe’s side struggled so badly to make their 72% possession count with their only goal coming from the penalty spot.
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Anderson has only managed to earn 32 minutes of action in the Premier League this season, however, he has shown huge signs of promise during his loan spell away last season where he provided 13 goal involvements in 21 league appearances for Bristol Rovers.
Although he is yet to find the back of the net for the Toon this season, his brief cameo against Wolverhampton Wanderers showed a lot of positivity as he almost sealed the win but hit the woodwork.