Two Newcastle players doubtful starters against Arsenal with late international kick-offs
Newcastle players Martin Dubravka, Christian Atsu and Paul Dummett completed their international commitments at the weekend.
All three losing those weekend matches against Ukraine (Dubravka), Kenya (Atsu) and Denmark (Dummett).
The good news for Newcastle United though is that all three are back in plenty of time to get a week of training in ahead of the Arsenal match on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Freddie Woodman along with five other potential starters for Newcastle on Saturday, are still involved with their international squads.
Ki Sung-yueng started for South Korea against Chile in a game which kicked off at 12 noon (UK time) today, the midfielder playing the full 9o minutes of a goalless draw.
Meanwhile Ciaran Clark is with Ireland for their 7.45pm kick-off in Poland and Fabian Schar is just on the doorstep, England playing Switzerland at 8pm tonight in Leicester.
However, two other Newcastle players must be serious doubts to start on Saturday, especially with the amount of preparation Rafa Benitez likes with his team.
Both DeAndre Yedlin and Salomon Rondon don’t kick-off until the early hours of Wednesday morning (UK time).
Rondon and Venezuela take on Panama in Panama City at 2am UK time on Wednesday.
Meanwhile it will be 1.30am UK time on Wednesday when the USA play Mexico in Nashville.
At best, the two Newcastle players will be back at the training ground on Friday, though even then difficult to see them being put through a tough training session after their long journeys and late arrivals back home.
I think we could well see Rafa starting with Joselu up front against Arsenal and Rondon on the bench, though not so sure what he might do with Yedlin’s position.
Recent matches have seen the Newcastle boss go with three centre-backs, so if he did leave Yedlin on the bench, maybe the possibility of Matt Ritchie as a wing-back?
Tuesday 11 September:
South Korea v Chile 12pm
Latvia U21s v England U21s 3pm
Poland v Ireland 7.45pm
England v Switzerland 8pm
Wednesday 12 September
USA v Mexico 1.30am
Panama v Venezuela 2am
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