Newcastle United have revealed which players have and haven’t travelled to Ireland for pre-season training.
It looks like Rafa Benitez has taken every player he sees potentially having a part to play next season, plus a number of others surely there to make up the numbers.
There are four who look to be definitely ruled out for next season, with Krul, Riviere and Lazaar not travelling as Newcastle are surely trying to move them on. Whilst the official club statement tells us that Adam Armstrong is set to go on another loan.
Karl Darlow didn’t go to Hearts on Friday with a move to Middlesbrough said to be imminent – but he has flown off with the squad.
An indication possibly of a couple of young inexperienced players maybe seen as having a chance of progressing – Callum Roberts and Victor Fernandez also on the plane earlier today.
Newcastle United official announcement:
A 27-man Newcastle United squad has arrived in Ireland for a week-long training camp at Carton House.
The Magpies will train twice a day at the resort in County Kildare, where they also visited last summer ahead of their Sky Bet Championship title-winning campaign.
Rafa Benítez has included new signings Florian Lejeune and Christian Atsu, while Matt Ritchie, Isaac Hayden, DeAndre Yedlin, Karl Darlow, Daryl Murphy and Jamie Sterry – who all missed Friday night’s first friendly of the summer at Hearts – were also on the flight.
Youngsters Callum Roberts and Victor Fernandez have travelled but Chancel Mbemba misses out due to a visa technicality.
Emmanuel Riviere and Achraf Lazaar have remained on Tyneside, as has Tim Krul.
And Adam Armstrong has also stayed in Newcastle, with a number of clubs interested in taking the England under-20 international on loan.
United will not play any friendly fixtures in Ireland but will use the camp to prepare for Saturday’s game at Preston North End.
The 27-man squad for Newcastle’s Irish training camp is:
Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot, Freddie Woodman, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Jesus Gamez, Massadio Haidara, Grant Hanley, Jamaal Lascelles, Florian Lejeune, Jamie Sterry, DeAndre Yedlin, Rolando Aarons, Christian Atsu, Jack Colback, Mohamed Diame, Victor Fernandez, Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie, Henri Saivet, Jonjo Shelvey, Callum Roberts, Siem De Jong, Dwight Gayle, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Daryl Murphy, Ayoze Perez.
The first team friendlies:
Friday 14 July – Hearts 1 Newcastle 2
Saturday 22 July – Preston away 3pm
Wednesday 26 July – Bradford away 7.30pm
Saturday 29 July – Mainz away 4pm local time (3pm UK time)
Wednesday 2 August – Wolfsburg away 4pm local time (3pm UK time)
Sunday 6 August – Hellas Verona home 3pm
Under 23/Reserves pre-season friendlies:
Monday 17 July – Darlington (at the Northern Echo Arena)
Saturday 22 July – Gateshead (at International Stadium)
Thursday 27 July – Celtic (at Whitby Town)
Saturday 29 July – AZ Alkmaar or Whitby (at Whitby Town)