Player News - Newcastle United

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Rafa Benitez revealed that he does not expect to have the services of defenders Fabricio Coloccini or Daryl Janmaat for Newcastle United's remaining three games.

Janmaat would have to wear a protective cast over his fractured hand, which he recently had surgery on, while additionally recovering from a groin injury. With positive displays by Vurnon Anita at right back, Benitez seems satisfied with letting Janmaat heal and counting on Anita. Coloccini ends his season unceremoniously, having suffered a setback to his calf injury which has kept him out since mid-February. With Benitez certain to exercise his opt-out clause should the Magpies be relegated, Coloccini may very well not step foot on the pitch once to play for the manager.
Apr 28 - 1:20 PM

Newcastle United found themselves down by two goals but managed to claw their way back and scrape a 2-2 draw against Liverpool.

The Magpies deserve credit for maintaining their focus after giving up a very early goal, then finding themselves down by two by the opening half hour. Georginio Wijnaldum began the day on the bench for a second straight match, but it was his inclusion to begin the second half that seemed to help turn the tide. Three minutes into the second frame, Vurnon Anita delivered a long cross to the back post and Papiss Cisse headed home to pull one back. They would then find an equalizer in the 65th minute when an Andros Townsend cross into the area was not cleared and Jack Colback's shot took a deflection to fool Simon Mignolet. While the comeback was admirable and Newcastle have done well to find points in their last three games, they need to start winning as they are still a point behind Sunderland and the Black Cats now have two games in hand.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 12:02 PM

Newcastle United have a new option for their defense as Kevin Mbabu is fit for selection after a three month injury layoff.

Mbabu started the first two games of the season for the Magpies but has played a grand total of one minute in the league since. While part of that time was spent as an unused bench option, he was unavailable since February because of a thigh injury. There have been several matches in that period where his presence could have helped. With Newcastle having shown recent improvement defensively, Benitez may want to keep the unit he has intact and allow Mbabu to play a bench role. There is a chance though he could see action at right back until or if Daryl Janmaat returns, with Vurnon Anita slotting back into his more natural central midfield position. Despite the positive displays recently from the back line, it is still hard to trust any prospects for fantasy purposes, especially with Liverpool up next, as the Reds are thriving in attack right now.
Source: IB Times
Apr 22 - 3:26 PM

Newcastle United were able to overcome conceding the opening goal and Vurnon Anita was the unlikely hero to find an equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

After a convincing win over Swansea City at the weekend, there was a noticeable spark by the Magpies this evening. They were unlucky to fall behind as Manchester City's opening goal clearly came from an offside position. Shortly after the half-hour mark, Moussa Sissoko sent a cross far and wide to Anita. Anita then worked around Aleksandar Kolarov to create space and finished just inside the far post to score his first goal in over two years. Georginio Wijnaldum, who played the role of substitute for the first time this season, nearly found a winner but his shot was stopped by Joe Hart in the closing minutes. The defense has shown marked improvement since Anita has filled in at right back for Daryl Janmaat and Newcastle rightly earn a valuable point as they continue to battle their way out of relegation.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 19 - 4:47 PM

Georginio Wijnaldum has been dropped out of the XI by Rafa Benitez as Newcastle United get set to host Manchester City this evening.

The Magpies line up with Darlow, Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett, Townsend, Tiote, Colback, Sissoko, Perez and Cisse. The only change is Ayoze Perez replacing Wijnaldum. It is a bit of a surprise because virtually all of Wijnaldum's good performances have come on home soil and with Newcastle having two matches at home in this double gameweek, it will be leaving many fantasy managers scratching their heads. Perez should play just behind Papiss Cisse. There is a very strong chance Wijnaldum will see some time as a substitute this evening.
Apr 19 - 2:04 PM

Rafa Benitez revealed in his press conference ahead of tomorrow evening's match against Manchester City that Fabricio Coloccini and Daryl Janmaat have been ruled out.

Coloccini has yet to get on the pitch in the Benitez era as his calf injury continues to keep him sidelined. Janmaat is dealing with two broken fingers and a groin issue. Considering the Magpies were able to keep a rare clean sheet over the weekend, it would be hard to imagine Benitez changing his recipe at the back. Expect Vurnon Anita to fill the right back role once again, with Chacel Mbemba, Jamal Lascelles and Paul Dummett rounding out the back four. For what it's worth, Kevin Mbabu may be available, but it will almost certainly be as added depth on the bench.
Apr 18 - 2:19 PM

Rafa Benitez celebrated his birthday by managing Newcastle United to their first win under his reign, defeating Swansea City 3-0.

What on earth is going on in Tyneside today? For the first time this season, Sunderland and Newcastle win in the same gameweek, as both fight for their top flight lives. While the result can partially be pinned on a mostly lifeless Swansea side, the Magpies deserve credit. Andros Townsend notched an assist when he delivered a corner kick that was headed home by Jamal Lasacelles on 41 minutes to take the lead. The Magpies intensified their attack when Aleksandar Mitrovic was subbed on in the final 20 minutes. His header created a loose ball that Moussa Sissoko stuck in the net for Newcastle's second goal then Mitrovic showed his strength in setting up Townsend for the final goal in the closing moments. Townsend is in cracking form right now and the defense didn't make any mistakes. It is still a tough task to stay up, but today's win should give them a real shot of confidence.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 16 - 12:01 PM

Steven Taylor is in Rafa Benitez's doghouse and the center back may not see the pitch again this season.

Taylor has technically been ruled out for tomorrow's game against Swansea City because of the knock that he picked up last weekend against Southampton that saw him substituted at halftime. Benitez has not let the apparent injury conceal his true feelings about Taylor's performance since the manager took charge though, and Taylor looks to have been frozen out of the picture for the remainder of the season. Jamal Lascelles will partner Chancel Mbemba over the weekend and, should he finally return to fitness, Fabricio Coloccini can be called upon to fill the role. With time running out for the Magpies to stave off relegation, the manager needed to send a message and it looks as if Taylor is the symbol of that message.
Source: HITC Sport
Apr 15 - 2:12 PM

Daryl Janmaat has been ruled out of Newcastle United's match against Swansea City on Saturday as the defender recovers from a groin injury and two broken fingers.

It is a classic case of adding insult to injury for the right back. After a terrible first half showing against Southampton in which he was directly responsible for one of the Saints goals, he injured his groin in the process and was removed from the game. While in the dressing room, he punched a wall out of frustration which led to the two broken fingers. He has not been ruled out as of yet for the Magpies second match in their double gameweek against Manchester City, but even if there was confidence in his return for the midweek match, there is no confidence with him or his fellow defensive teammates from a fantasy perspective. Moussa Sissoko shifted into the role against Southampton but it is uncertain who will occupy the right back spot against the Swans in a situation that should simply be avoided.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 14 - 8:05 PM

Fabricio Coloccini will miss at least another match for Newcastle United as the center back continues to fall short of fitness in his attempt to recover from a calf injury.

When Coloccini was ruled out of last weekend's trip to Southampton, the thought was that he would be in line for a return this weekend against Swansea City, but it will not come to pass. The Argentine is running out of time to make a positive contribution for a defense that desperately needs it. After Steven Taylor's nightmare display, it is expected that Jamaal Lascelles will partner Chancel Mbemba in the heart of defense this weekend. It is a situation to avoid for fantasy purposes, despite the fact that the Magpies have a double gameweek in Week 34.
Apr 13 - 3:48 PM

Depending on your particular standpoint – Newcastle or may not – have been plunged into a deeper defensive crisis after Daryl Janmaat and Steven Taylor were forced off during the embarrassing first half performance at Southampton.

Both players were at fault for the goals. Just four minutes in – and having already survived an earlier scare – a mistimed tackle by Taylor allowed Shane Long to put the home side 1-0 up. Taylor never appeared for the second half due to an unspecified muscular problem. Janmaat then slipped during the build-up to the second – allowing Pelle to grab his 10th of the season – which ended his afternoon. An apparent groin problem being the cause.. Neither player has covered themselves in glory in recent weeks – although the same could be said of the majority – and on the back of another spineless display, supporters would be quite happy for Rafa Benitez to shuffle his pack. Newcastle will be able to call upon the services of Jack Colback, Fabricio Coloccini and Paul Dummett at home to Swansea next weekend.
Apr 10 - 7:21 AM

Newcastle United continue to sink into the relegation quicksand with another loss today, this time to Southampton, 3-1.

Make that one point over four games in charge for Rafa Benitez, who is probably double-checking the validity of the opt-out clause in his contract. The defense was horrible today, as they have been for the majority of the season. A shambolic defensive display by Steven Taylor allowed the Saints to score inside of four minutes. They failed to defend a counter attack on another goal and did nothing to stop a short corner kick developing into a third goal. Compounding things, both Taylor and Daryl Janmaat had to leave early with injuries, leaving Moussa Sissoko and Vurnon Anita as their fullbacks for much of the game. They showed a bit of life when it was too late as Townsend picked up a ball fed by Sissoko and took it on his left foot to strike a cracking goal. That moment will be all the club and its supporters can cling to though as relegation looks all but assured at the moment.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 9 - 12:20 PM

Rafa Benitez has ruled Fabricio Coloccini out this weekend as the center back continues to recover from a calf injury.

Coloccini will miss his sixth successive league game and has yet to be available during the Benitez regime. He has returned to training but the manager has decided that the weekend comes to soon to test the Argentine international. It appears the player and boss are on the same page and look at next weekend's fixture with Swansea City as the target for return. Steven Taylor got the nod over Jamal Lascelles last weekend as the partner to Chancel Mbemba but none of these prospects look appealing from a fantasy perspective except as bench fodder to free up cash elsewhere.
Apr 8 - 1:31 PM

Newcastle United welcome the return of Paul Dummett from a hamstring injury and will likely turn to him for the left back position this weekend against Southampton.

The Magpies had been putting a patch on the left back spot since Dummett injured himself back in Week 29, with Jack Colback filling in until his suspension and Vurnon Anita filling in last week. Earlier in the year, Rolando Aarons spent time in the role. Massadio Haidara had a setback to his injury recovery last week so Dummett continues to be the only natural option for Rafa Benitez. Expect to see him in the XI against the Saints but there is not much fantasy value in the Newcastle defense these days.
Apr 8 - 1:16 PM

Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot took to social media to confirm he would be going under the knife after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in a friendly international last week.

Elliot posted an update on Twitter which said: ‘Operation day!! Have ordered one new ACL replacement from the menu for a right knee.’ The Republic of Ireland stopper is expected to miss between 6-9 months and with it his hopes of appearing at this summers’ European Championships in France. His absence could open the door for former United stopper Shay Given who has missed the majority of the campaign with a serious knee injury. The 39-year-old is yet to play in the Premier League but after England No.2 Jack Butland suffered a fractured ankle, Given may get a chance to impress manager Martin O’Neil to earn himself an unlikely call-up.
Apr 5 - 4:41 PM


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