The Newcastle United players on international duty are coming to the end of their collective stint away from Tyneside.
After Monday’s matches, Salomon Rondon and DeAndre Yedlin will be the only first team (squad keeper Freddie Woodman also has a Tuesday match) players with a game still left to play, Tuesday seeing Venezuela face Iran at a neutral Qatar venue, as Yedlin and the USA take on Italy in Genk (Belgium).
Later today you have Martin Dubravka and Slovakia up against the Czech Republic.
Usually, the likes of Rondon, Yedlin and Ki face long late journeys home, ironic then that this isn’t the case with any of the trio this time, as Newcastle don’t face Burnley until Monday night.
Paul Dummett looks the big worry after being sent home after injury against Denmark on Friday night.
Whilst Fabian Schar’s absence from Switzerland’s bizarre 2-0 down 5-2 up against Belgium on Sunday, was due to a suspension after two Nations League bookings.
After his pivotal role in Newcastle’s win over Bournemouth and much improved team performance, Salomon Rondon will be at the forefront of Rafa’s thoughts as he hopes the rest of his players return from international duty unscathed.
Newcastle United players on international duty:
Wednesday 14 November
Switzerland 0 Qatar 1 (Fabian Schar played full 90 minutes)
Thursday 15 November
England 3 USA 0 (DeAndre Yedlin played the full 90 minutes)
Italy Under 21s 2 England Under 1 (Freddie Woodman stayed on the bench)
Friday 16 November
Japan 1 Venezuela 1 (Salomon Rondon played the opening 66 minutes)
Slovakia 4 Ukraine 1 (Martin Dubravka played the full 90 minutes)
Wales 1 Denmark 2 (Paul Dummett went off injured on 39 minutes and has returned to Tyenside to have injury assessed)
Sunday 18 November
Switzerland 5 Belgium 2 (Fabian Schar suspended)
Ethiopia 0 Ghana 2 (Christian Atsu played first 73 minutes)
Monday 19 November
Czech Republic v Slovakia (Martin Dubravka)
Tuesday 20 November
Iran v Venezuela – Neutral venue Qatar (Salomon Rondon)
Denmark Under 21s v England Under 21s (Freddie Woodman)
Italy v USA – Neutral venue Genk, Belgium (DeAndre Yedlin)