Only two games into the season, and already the storm clouds are gathering over St James’ Park, and Steve Bruce’s new era at Newcastle is close to being in tatters.

Having suffered a narrow defeat to Arsenal in the opening game of the season, in which Newcastle managed to match the Champions League hopefuls for 55 minutes, they capitulated in East Anglia being thrashed by new boys Norwich a week later.

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Newcastle are top of the Premier League injury table, with eight players currently either being treated for an issue, or ruled out – one more than the next two teams, Norwich and Bournemouth.

So to hear the Telegraph report that record signing Joelinton – who hobbled off with a hip injury at Carrow Road – is likely to be fit for the trip to Tottenham on Sunday, is the only semblance of good news for beleaguered Steve Bruce.

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With very few options at the business end of the pitch, it would be such a Newcastle United thing, to suffer a long-term injury to their Brazilian number nine.

But the injury is not thought to be serious, and he should be available for selection at the weekend.

Joelinton need to play and needs to score

The last thing he needs is a spell out of the side. What he does need, is a goal.

 

If he can get his name on the score-sheet, it will do his confidence a world of good, and we could see Joelinton go on a scoring streak.

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Football is such a confidence game – particularly for strikers – and the longer he goes without a goal, the more anxious he will get.

Of course, what will undoubtedly help him is having a proper strike partner to lead the line with him, and if Allan Saint-Maximin is fit this weekend too, then Bruce could have more options available to tweak the system.

Newcastle are not expected to get anything from the game  on Sunday, so if a fully fit Joelinton can grab an early goal, who knows, we could have something to hold onto, and upset the odds.

They certainly have more chance of doing that with the £40 million man on the pitch.

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