EDDIE HOWE will make a late call on whether Callum Wilson and Kieran Trippier are ready to start for Newcastle United when they play their final home game of the season against Arsenal on Monday.

The duo both returned from injury as second-half substitutes in last weekend’s 5-0 defeat at Manchester City, and have shown ill effects from their respective outings at the Etihad.

They will take part in full training with the rest of the Newcastle squad this week, and are in contention to return to the starting line-up when Champions League-chasing Arsenal visit Gallowgate on Monday night.

Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe said: “I think both players would say they are very keen to start. My job is to make sure I’m doing the best, not just for the individual, but also for the team as well.

“We have to make sure that they’re fit enough and physically good enough to last a long period in the game, because obviously I don’t want to be making too many changes too early in the match, which would unbalance the team.

“They’re also slightly different – you can’t group them together and say they’re at the same stage. Callum has done more training work than Kieran, although of course he sustained a more serious injury.

“We’ll make a decision based on the training week this week as to whether they’re ready to start the game on Monday.”

Ryan Fraser has returned to training, and is in contention to return to the squad on Monday, but Jonjo Shelvey and Joe Willock have both been ruled out of Newcastle’s remaining two games.

Howe said: “Jonjo has suffered quite a serious calf injury, similar to the one he sustained at the start of the season. He’ll be out for a period of time, although we expect him to be back for pre-season with no problems.

“Joe has had an issue with a tendon in his knee for a while. We thought we’d solved the problem, but it’s come back, so he needs a period of rest. He’s had a couple of injections into his knee, and we anticipate that he’ll be fine for pre-season.”