Rafa Benitez has been talking to the media on Friday afternoon.

Newcastle facing a buoyant Bournemouth team who sit sixth in the league.

Striker Callum Wilson was called up by England on Thursday, whilst Eddie Howe earlier today was named October’s manager of the month after picking up 10 points from a possible 12.

Last month Rafa’s Newcastle team picked up a single point but last Saturday’s first win of the season against Watford has hopefully set off some confidence and momentum.

Trying to build on that first win is going to be tough and Rafa has revealed the task is going to be even harder with his latest injury/fitness update.

Rafa has confirmed Muto and Shelvey haven’t even trained, so no chance of either of those playing.

However, everybody was expecting Jamaal Lascelles to be ok but Rafa says that despite the captain having a training session it will be difficult for him to face Bournemouth, the manager saying ‘all three could be out’ for Saturday.

With Florian Lejeune and Jamie Sterry already on the injured list, that is five players of Rafa’s squad set to be unavailable.

Rafa Benitez:

“Yoshinori Muto and Jonjo Shelvey have not trained.

“Jamaal Lascelles has had a training session…but it will be difficult for him.

“All three could be out.

“The contribution of the three players coming from the bench (against Watford) was key to us getting the three points.

“After an important win everyone is a bit happier and hopefully we can carry on with this feeling.

“You can feel the difference on the training pitch and in the city… the confidence is higher, but it is just one step forward.

“Bournemouth are in a very good position in the table – they are playing well, and playing with confidence.

“He (19 year old striker Elias Sorensen) is fine.

“He did well. We’re talking about a couple of training sessions (with the first team).

“He showed desire.”



  • Kenny

    Not to worry, the Hoss is fit to save the day coming off the bench if we go behind.

  • Paul Patterson

    Schar and Fernandez at the back, Ki and Diame in the middle then . .

    • Mark Davies

      May not be a bad midfield. Shelvey can be great but we rely in his play far too much. May make for a better dynamic to the team.

      • Peaky

        Agree…without going overboard there’s no denying Ki certainly made a difference when he came on v Watford.

        • Angelswithdirtyfaces

          and he’s still got a lot to prove, so maybe more hungry

        • Ashley-out

          38 games makes a player not 38 minutes, however i hope he does well

          • Peaky

            If Shakespeare were still around he’d have said that…bet he would have been a Villa fan.

          • Ashley-out

            we have our own Shakespeare in leazes

        • Mark Davies

          He ded did. Heres hoping for 3 points tomorrow. Stranger things happen. Strangley just got out of earl of pitt street and there was a bloke in a boremouth top. Wished him all the best after tomorrow. Canny kid he was

          • Peaky

            Had to google Earl Of Pitt Street as it’s a new one on me.I don’t get back to the NE very often and the places I used to haunt have either gone or changed their names….would definitely take 3 points today no matter how awful we may be….always nice going into an international break with a win.

          • Mark Davies

            Strawberry, peppers and bodega still my choice mate. 3 points today would be more than welcome

  • Magpie1974

    Chance for Sorenson to at least get in the matchday squad.

    • 1957

      Let’s hope so, although with the mighty Hoss available and Benitez only playing a single striker its unlikely. There’s more chance of Longstaff getting a spot imo.

  • DeadToiler

    Give the lad a chance

    • Ashley-out

      Scores a hat trick, then Fatso sells him to Man City in January and skys the money

  • Aussie Bill

    It’s a shame Sorensen is not at least on the bench, just for the experience. How many Premier League goals did Owen and Fowler have by the time they were 19?

    • Leazes.

      He played last night

    • Paul Patterson

      Yeah, but they played in a good side. I wouldn’t put a young lad in a relegation haunted side . .