Newcastle United set for double boost after 'cruel' exit leaves star trying to 'find right words'

Newcastle United have received a double boost with both Fabian Schar and Bruno Guimaraes expected to return to pre-season training earlier than they perhaps anticipated.

Both men have been representing their countries at EURO 2024 and the 2024 Copa America this summer, but both Magpies stars saw their countries knocked out at the quarter-final stage of their respective competitions.

Schar started for Switzerland against England at Dusseldorf's Merkur-Spiel Arena on Saturday and impressed for Murat Yakin's side on the right-hand side of a back three, despite picking up a yellow card for a foul on Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham.

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Breel Embolo's 75th minute strike put Switzerland ahead but Arsenal's Bukayo Saka equalised just five minutes later. The match finished 1-1 after 120 minutes and then went to a penalty shootout.

Schar scored his spot-kick for Switzerland but Man City defender Manuel Akanji saw his effort saved by England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. All five of Cole Palmer, Bellingham, Saka, Ivan Toney and Trent Alexander-Arnold scored for the Three Lions as they emerged 5-3 winners and sent a spirited Switzerland side home from the competition.

While Switzerland's defeat ended Schar's EURO 2024 hopes, it means Newcastle's England duo Kieran Trippier and Anthony Gordon remain in the competition and are now just two wins away from being crowned European champions.

"It Is still hard to find the right words," Schar posted to his 226,000 followers on Instagram on Sunday following Switzerland's exit from the competition.

"Sometimes football can be cruel and it will take a few days to get over it. But I am also proud of this team. We have shown what we are capable of!"

And Schar's club team-mate Guimaraes was also on the losing side of a penalty shootout on Saturday. After an underwhelming Copa America campaign saw Brazil win just one of their four matches, they were dumped out by Uruguay at Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium.

After the two sides played out a 0-0 draw over 120 minutes, misses from Eder Militao and Douglas Luiz helped Uruguay, who are managed by former Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa, emerge as winners to set up a semi-final clash with Colombia.

On the plus side for Newcastle, the pair will return to pre-season earlier than expected, given they will no longer be with their international sides until the end of next week as both players would have hoped for.

Newcastle's players will return to pre-season training this week and while Schar and Guimaraes will be afforded some holiday time they are now expected to join back up with their team-mates earlier than United would have worried about privately.