We asked fans the question, which 11 players would you pick in your Newcastle team v Leicester City?
We put together a list of the 24 players who could potentially be selected for this 3pm Saturday afternoon kick-off.
It looks increasingly a team where for most fans, it pretty much picks itself.
With in a number of cases, players getting majority support but only due to the lack of (quality) options elsewhere in the squad.
Those players who are more positive choices, you can certainly include Shelvey (100%), Lascelles (99%), Dubravka (96%), Yedlin (90%) and Ritchie (97%).
We then had Fernandez (79%) and Dummett (82%) completing the defence.
Then Diame (77%), Muto (77%), Kenedy (76%) and Joselu (61%) completing the team.
However, we put the poll up yesterday afternoon after Rafa Benitez indicated that Salomon Rondon and Florian Lejeune were the only players ruled out.
Only for then early Friday evening, an exclusive from The Mail claimed that both Fernandez and Dummett were all but certain to miss as well with hamstring injuries, whilst DeAndre Yedlin was expected to make it, but would be having a late fitness test just to make sure he is ok to start.
No doubt this news affected some of the later votes from fans, as whilst Fernandez (79%) and Dummett (82%) still had relatively high support, I’m guessing it would have been higher, especially as Fernandez has been Newcastle’s best player so far this season.
The next two highest in the voting were Perez (39%) and Murphy (28%), however, neither of them would work as stand-ins for the two defenders.
Low marks elsewhere in the squad for defenders, with Clark (22%), Schar (17%), Manquillo (5%), Sterry (4%) and Lazaar (2%).
Assuming The Mail’s info is correct, I’m guessing Rafa will most likely go for Clark to replace Fernandez and then Manquillo at left-back.
However, I wouldn’t completely rule out Rafa reverting back to using three centre-backs, with Yedlin and Kenedy possibly as wing-backs.
Whatever the final selection, it is really bad news for Rafa Benitez having extra injuries to cope with on top of everything else.
Here is the percentage (rounded up or down to nearest whole number) support for each Newcastle player from the thousands of votes cast:
100% Jonjo Shelvey
99% Jamaal Lascelles
97% Matt Ritchie
96% Martin Dubravka
90% DeAndre Yedlin
82% Paul Dummett
79% Federico Fernandez
77% Mohamed Diame
77% Yoshinori Muto
39% Ayoze Perez
28% Jacob Murphy
25% Ki Sung-yeung
22% Ciaran Clark
17% Fabian Schar
10% Christian Atsu
10% Sean Longstaff
6% Isaac Hayden
5% Javier Manquillo
4% Jamie Sterry
3% Rob Elliott
2% Achraf Lazaar
1% Karl Darlow