Newcastle United midfielder Joe Willock has revealed he is fit and ready for action as the Magpies prepare to face Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old scored his first goal of the season as the Tyneside club cruised to a 4-1 victory over Southampton on Sunday.
However, in the 73rd minute, the midfielder was substituted due to what appeared to be an injury.
Speaking to NUFC TV after the game, Willock said of his supposed injury: “I’m fit. It was just a little injury on my ankle, but it was okay.
“I’m happy we could add another goal to the game when I came off.”
Willock said he’s fit to play against Palace
When it comes to cup competitions, Eddie Howe’s approach is yet to be seen. This could yet determine Willock’s inclusion on Wednesday, as the Toon face the Eagles in the Carabao Cup.
After 14 games played, Newcastle are third in the Premier League table.
Having lost just once this term thus far, the Magpies are looking like they will be competing for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification at the end of the season.
Although the Tyneside club have succeeded without a number of their key players at times in recent months, Howe will be fearful of certain individuals sustaining significant injuries if they are to maintain their electric form up until the summer.
Therefore, it remains to be seen whether Newcastle will field their best XI in each of the domestic cup competitions. If they were to do so, this would involve putting Willock straight back into action, having recently established himself as a starter in Howe’s favoured XI.
Although the last time the Magpies won an English cup trophy was all the way back in 1955, many would argue a top-four finish would trump domestic silverware this season.
As a result, Howe may have a difficult decision on his hands. Concentrate fully on the Premier League and rotate his squad, or tackle each individual game as it comes with success clearly on the club’s mind.