Newcastle United defender Federico Fernandez will be available for selection against Tottenham Hotspur at the start of April, per The Chronicle. The Argentine has missed has had a couple of on and off injuries, meaning he’s missed most of the season.
With fewer than 10 games left in the season, the Magpies will want to ensure their safety as soon as possible. That way they can make a surge for challenging the top ten.
Whilst he might not get much game time between now and the end of the season, Fernandez will still be a valuable option. Should injuries hit the Toon’s backline, he can capably step in.
Howe has spoken highly of Fernandez in the past, labelling him the ‘ulitimate professional’
Despite not being his first choice on the teamsheet, Howe has had kind words about Fernandez in the past. He’s described the 33-year-old as the ‘ultimate professional’ and ‘a real leader of the group’ (Newcastle’s Twitter account).
It seems that Dan Burn and Fabian Schar are the established centre-back pairing for Newcastle. They’ve kept captain Jamaal Lascelles out of the side. From now until the end of the season, Fernandez will likely fill the role as additional backup.
After Ciaran Clark’s disastrous start against Norwich, getting sent off after less than 10 minutes. The ex-Argentinean international came on for Ryan Fraser. He and Schar played well in a game watch saw the Magpies a man down for most of the game.
Since arriving from Swansea for £6 million (Sky Sports) when Rafael Benitez was in charge, he’s been a loyal servant. He’s been one of the more reliable and consistent defenders at the club and has worn the armband a few times.
However, with his recent fitness problems, it could be the end of his Newcastle career. The club may want to invest in new defensive options that are younger.
Fernandez has the opportunity to go out on a high should this be the end of his time on Tyneside. He could prove to be a valuable asset to cover in defence until the season ends.