Eddie Howe has his say on Federico Fernandez's Newcastle United return

Federico Fernandez challenges Adam Idah.Federico Fernandez challenges Adam Idah.
Federico Fernandez challenges Adam Idah.
Eddie Howe hailed Newcastle United’s Federico Fernandez – after bringing him in from the cold.

Fernandez came off the bench in last night’s 1-1 draw against Norwich City following the ninth-minute dismissal of Ciaran Clark.

And Fernandez – who hadn’t even made the bench for the club’s previous five Premier League games – played his part in a gutsy performance from Howe’s 10-man team at St James’s Park.

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"I can’t speak for anyone else, all I can speak is the player that I’ve worked with so far,” said Howe. “He’s been the ultimate professional, a real leader of the group, a respected figure. I think he proved today he’s still an outstanding player, I thought he defended magnificently.

"I haven’t seen too much of Feddy yet. The week that I missed with Covid meant that I had limited training time with the group. But I was delighted to give him his opportunity. I thought Feddy played really, really well.”