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Newcastle team news: Quartet out of Spurs clash, Bruce decision over duo

13th place Newcastle United faces off against European hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur in a Premier League clash at St James Park on Wednesday.

The Magpies head into the clash on the back of two successive Premier League defeats and will be looking to bounce back. They can take comfort from the fact that they did beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture last August after Joelinton scored the only goal of the game.

Newcastle will have to make do without the services of defender Danny Rose.

The full-back who is on loan from Spurs is not eligible to compete against his parent club.

He will be joined on the absentee list by Jamaal Lascelles (ankle injury) and midfielders Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff (hamstring injuries) according to Sky Sports.  

Florian Lejeune and Ciaran Clark still have to get to full fitness. Steve Bruce will also make a decision about how to utilize Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron after they played extensively during recent weeks.

If Newcastle manages to win the game, it would mark the first time since the 2015/16 season that they have claimed the league double over Spurs. However, recent history does favour Spurs.

The Lilywhites have won four out of their last five away league clashes with Spurs. If Jose Mourinho’s side manage to win the game, it will mark the first time since 1975 that they would have claimed three consecutive away wins over the Toon Army in all competitions.

Newcastle’s home form this season has been decent as they have lost just three out of their 17 home league games.

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