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Newcastle won't have starters Jamaal Lascelles and Christian Atsu available to face Watford this weekend.

The Newcastle duo have missed the last few weeks due to injury with Lascelles suffering an ankle problem against Bournemouth in Week 11. The captain looks more likely to be ready for Gameweek 15 than the midweek fixtures next week. However, there is good news on the defensive front with Paul Dummett in full training. Said manager Rafa Benitez: "Lascelles is getting better, but still he will need some time, and Atsu is the same. It’s too early to say (when they will be back). "But Merino’s been doing part of the training session, and Dummett has done the full training session, so that’s positive news for us."
Nov 22 - 6:01 PM

The Ghana Football Federation have confirmed Newcastle winger Christian Atsu will not feature in the World Cup qualifying clash against Egypt after picking up an injury in training.

Atsu has been managing a niggling knee problem since the beginning of the season and his involvement in this set of international fixtures was in doubt after "feeling something" during Newcastle’s clash with Bournemouth which forced him off. However, after being assessed, Atsu was cleared to train with the national team, but suffered a setback and Ghana announced his withdrawal via their official Twitter account: ‘Tests have revealed that winger Christian Atsu will not play for #Ghana in Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Egypt. Team doctor says the scans show @ChristianAtsu20 suffered a thigh muscle tear’. Atsu has enjoyed a solid start to the campaign and the news will come as a major blow to Rafa Benitez who is under mounting pressure having seen his Newcastle side take just 5-points from the last six games.
Source: Goal.com
Nov 12 - 5:44 AM

Newcastle's training staff will have their eyes on Christian Atsu and his thigh problem during the international break.

The winger was taken off against Bournemouth at the weekend, but still reported for international duty with Ghana despite being eliminated from World Cup contention. And during training this week, the former Chelsea product suffered a reoccurrence of his thigh problem that will have the club worried ahead of its match with Manchester United."Ghana midfielder Christian Atsu withdrew from today's in Cape Coast with a thigh complaint," the Ghanaian FA said in a statement. "Black Stars doctors will continue to assess him ahead of Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Egypt."
Nov 9 - 5:59 PM

Newcastle is worrying over the fitness of midfielder Mikel Merino with reports in Spain suggesting a serious layoff.

The summer arrival from Borussia Dortmund was originally ruled out of the club's loss to Burnley in Gameweek 10 with what was expected to be a minor injury. But now there are concerns that Merino will miss between six and eight weeks with a vertebrae issue. Manager Rafa Benitez said Merino will miss at least the next two weeks and is unlikely to return in November: "We know he’s not available and we have to start treatment. We know he’s not available and we have to start treatment. It depends how he responds to the treatment.It could be a couple of weeks, or it could be a little bit more, but at least a couple of weeks."
Nov 9 - 5:53 PM

Rafa Benitez remains coy on the availability of Jamaal Lascelles. However, the United boss did hint that the defender is likely to miss the trip to Old Trafford when the Premier League fixtures resume.

The centre-back picked up a knock during the opening exchanges of a hard fought encounter with Bournemouth last Saturday, but the patched up Newcastle captain was able to soldier on, before eventually being forced off due to an ankle problem after 55 minutes. Concerns began to grow on Tyneside after Lascelles was spotted leaving St James’ Park on crutches with his right leg in a protective boot, although the precise nature of his injury is not yet known. "He’s been working with the physios and getting a little bit better, but it’s slow," Benitez told local newspaper the Shields Gazette. "We have to wait a couple of days, and then without inflammation we’ll see how it is." However, Rafa went onto add that it would be "very difficult" for Lascelles to be ready for game week 12 with Ciaran Clark poised to deputise.
Nov 9 - 5:07 AM

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez confirmed that there is no way back into the team for midfielder Jack Colback.

Colback hasn't played a single game this season under Benitez, who made the 28-year-old available for transfer this summer after a falling out. Even with Mikel Merino out for the next couple weeks, Benitez said he does not plan on recalling Colback into the squad. "He's training with the Under-23s. He knows the situation. We're working with the players available now. He knew our idea from the beginning. We have four or five midfielders. We didn't want to have six. I don't want too many players in the same position."
Nov 7 - 12:50 PM

There are growing concerns on Tyneside after Rafa Benitez admitted he does not know how long Mikel Merino will be side-lined.

Following the 1-0 defeat at Turf Moor, the United boss said Merino would be missing for a "few weeks." But, after meeting with a back specialist, the midfielder could be unavailable for a while longer depending on "how he responds to treatment." Having completed a permanent switch to the club last month, the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder went onto to grab a dramatic late winner against Crystal Palace [week 9] before missing the games with Burnley and Bournemouth, both of which, Newcastle lost 1-0. Despite the injury, Benitez insists there is no way back for Jack Colback who continues to train with the under-23s. "He knows the situation and I only concentrate on players I actually have." Without Merino, Isaac Hayden and Mo Diame can provide cover, while Rafa even suggested that forgotten man Henri Saivet could deputise or that defender Chancel Mbemba is also an option.
Nov 6 - 8:04 AM

Newcastle suffered a heart-breaking defeat in the last-minute of stoppage time in a 1-0 loss to Bournemouth.

In the 92nd minute, Bournemouth defender Steve Cook broke free inside the penalty area and powered home a header of the match-winning goal when a point would have seen the Magpies back in the top 10. Rafa Benitez will feel hard done by to not at least come out with a point after Dwight Gayle's goal was ruled offside despite appearing to be level on replay; he was also pulled down by Cook while through on goal in the final moments, but there was no call.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 4 - 2:08 PM

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez confirmed that midfielder Mikel Merino will miss the next two weeks with injury.

The 21-year-old has been playing through a back problem over the last few weeks and will now miss the next fortnight at the very least, including the international break with the Spanish U21 team. Said Benitez in his pre-match press conference before the Bournemouth clash: "(He'll be out for) at least a couple of weeks. He'll not go away with the national team and he'll not be available for the (Bournemouth) game. We have to wait and see. He'll have treatment for a couple of weeks."
Nov 3 - 4:25 PM

Newcastle's three-match unbeaten streak came to an end Monday night in a 1-0 loss at the hands of Burnley.

The Magpies missed an opportunity to move into sixth place with a win, instead failing to secure a point after conceding a goal to Jeff Hendrick in the 74th minute. Newcastle wasn't able to do much against the stalwart Burnley defense, saving its best effort for a frantic final minute that saw Isaac Hayden denied by a good save from Nick Pope and Javier Manqullo head a corner onto the top of the net for the final play of the match. Dwight Gayle shook off an injury to return after missing last weekend, but Mikel Merino was ruled out with a back injury that is currently being assessed.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 30 - 6:19 PM

Newcastle left it until the end to secure a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace thanks to a late goal from Mikel Merino.

The Spaniard only recently turned his loan from Borussia Dortmund into a permanent move, and rewarded his side with the match-winner in the 86th minute. Merino came off the bench early in the first half and, 30 minutes later, headed home the only goal of the match following a scramble off a corner kick, when Matt Ritchie's cross was headed by James McArthur off the head of Merino and into the back of the net to end Newcastle's three-match winless streak.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 21 - 11:56 AM

Newcastle left St Mary’s with a point on Sunday but the draw was slightly marred due to an injury which meant the Tynesiders had to see out the game with only ten fit players.

Speaking after the match, Rafa Benitez revealed that Dwight Gayle "had a little problem with his calf" which will require a scan on Monday. Last season’s top scorer entered the fray with a quarter of the game remaining in the hope of stretching a tiring Saints defence, but following a lung bursting charge on 80 minutes, Gayle felt his calf stiffen and he was forced to drop a little deeper to help close out the match under increasing pressure. The setback is yet more bad news for the striker who was the subject of intense transfer speculation towards the end of the summer window. Gayle has only started twice in the Premier League this season and is becoming more and more frustrated with his bit part role having fallen down the pecking order following the arrival of Joselu.
Oct 16 - 4:31 AM

Newcastle squeezed out a point in a 2-2 draw at Southampton despite squandering two second-half leads.

The club got things rolling in the 20th minute after midfielder Isaac Hayden scored his first-ever Premier League goal, a booming shot from outside of the area after Christian Atsu's shot on goal was blocked by Maya Yoshida. Despite giving away a goal just four minutes after half-time, Newcastle fought back to take another lead in the 51st after Ayoze Perez followed up on his saved shot. But Florian Lejeune, who made his return to the starting lineup after an early-season injury, took down Shane Long inside the penalty area in the 75th minute as Manolo Gabbiadini scored his second for the equalizing goal.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 15 - 1:12 PM

Newcastle has locked down its young captain in Jamaal Lascelles to a new six-year contract through 2023.

The 23-year-old has made a mark on the Premier League in his first full season, scoring two goals that proved to be match-winners for the Magpies. After being appointed captain ahead of last year's Championship-winning campaign, Lascelles has gone on to make 75 appearances in all competitions for the club. "As soon as I made the decision to make Jamaal the captain of Newcastle United, he rose to the challenge and he has developed as a player and a character," manager Rafa Benitez said. "He has proven himself to be a very good leader and a good role model too. He has also improved as a player, responding well to our advice and guidance and getting better with every game."
Oct 7 - 4:48 AM

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez confirmed that defender Paul Dummett still faces another month on the sidelines.

The versatile defender suffered a hamstring injury in the first seven minutes of the club's opening match against Spurs two months ago, and the severity of the problems appears to be extensive with the left-back set to miss out until after the November international break. In the meantime, Javier Manquillo and Chancel Mbemba will likely continue to fill in. Said Benitez: "We knew it could be long, and still we have to wait. At least we have to wait maybe one month, and maybe more because it’s part of the process. He will be back with us in time, we already working hard to try and reduce the time, but it is clear that we have to respect that timeframe."
Oct 7 - 4:38 AM



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