Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe will not be taking his press conference on Friday morning, with assistant Jason Tindall on duty instead
According to Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie, the 44-year-old will appear before the media, ahead of the game with Arsenal.
The Magpies are looking to get their first win of the season in the Premier League at the 14th time of asking.
Fans were absolutely buzzing last week for the prospect of seeing Howe in the dugout for the game against Brentford.
But that wouldn’t happen, with news emerging that Howe had tested positive for Covid-19.
The manager has been forced to isolate in a hotel on Newcastle’s Quayside.
He remains holed up there, and the players have been going through the motions in training this week without him.
And Howe won’t be present for this Friday’s press conference, as he continues his isolation.
Currently, it is unclear whether Howe will be in the dugout at the Emirates Stadium.
Eddie Howe isolation is far from ideal right now
Howe will no doubt completely trust his coaches to deliver his training plans without him being present.
But it is not ideal that he cannot be physically with the players.
The news that he won’t be taking the press conference on Friday is a little worrying.
It does raise questions about the possibility of him being on the touchline for the game against Arsenal.
Hopefully he can be there, and inspire his new players to a win for the first time this campaign.