Rafa Benitez will have been a relieved/happy man on Sunday morning, with news overnight that DeAndre Yedlin will be available for pre-season training with the rest of the Newcastle squad.

The right-back looks set to start as first choice next season, having improved as the Championship season went on and Newcastle missing the extra attacking edge when Yedlin was out injured.

The Newcastle defender got star billing in the USA’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Venezuela on Saturday night.

The friendly was in preparation for two World Cup qualifiers against Trinidad & Tobago (Friday 9 June) and Mexico (Monday 12 June).

However, DeAndre Yedlin will then have a three week break before meeting up for pre-season training with the rest of the Newcastle squad on Monday 3 July.

Rafa Benitez had feared his pre-season preparations would be disrupted by Yedlin’s involvement in the CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer, the tournament running from 7-26 July.

However, Bruce Arena has now named his 40 man preliminary squad and only players from that squad can be named amongst the final 23 who will take part in the Gold Cup – that final selection needing to be made by 27 June.

The Gold Cup training camp will meet on 25 June but the great news is that DeAndre Yedlin will not be involved, the Newcastle player missing from this 40 man preliminary squad named below:

GOALKEEPERS :

Joe Bendik (Orlando City SC), Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas), Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Sean Johnson (New York City FC)

DEFENDERS:

Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Greg Garza (Atlanta United FC), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire), Jonathan Spector (Orlando City SC), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS:

Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Tommy McNamara (New York City FC), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution), Kenny Saief (Gent/BEL), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

FORWARDS:

Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia Union), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

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