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Joelinton out with injury as Howe says FFP stopped Newcastle signing players

Eddie Howe says Newcastle would have already looked to enter the transfer market this January if they were not held back by the restrictions of Financial Fair Play. 

The club have been hit by a succession of long-term injuries this season, with Joelinton the latest setback after being ruled out with a quad injury during last weekend's FA Cup win at Sunderland.

Howe said the club would have looked to utilise the transfer market to fill the gaps left by those absentees, but speaking the day after the club announced pre-tax losses of £73m for 2022/23, he admitted they had been hamstrung by their financial commitments.

"In an ideal world, given the freedom to act we would have brought players in already," Howe said, ahead of Newcastle's home game against Man City on Saturday.

"But we're not in that situation - as Darren [Eales, Newcastle CEO] alluded to on Thursday, Financial Fair Play is a problem for us, and we're having to navigate round that.

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