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Rafa Benitez set to be missing 6 of Newcastle United first team squad at Burnley

6 months ago
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Pulling off three Premier League wins is good going at the best of times but for Newcastle United, if they manage it on Monday it will have an extra impressive edge to it.

The injuries have mounted up and even with the international break to help, Rafa Benitez is set to be missing a significant number of his first team squad.

Despite victories over Watford and Bournemouth, Newcastle still find themselves only one point above the relegation zone, so a third win on the bounce would be invaluable.

However, they look set to have to achieve it without six of the first team squad.

Florian Lejeune was back on the training pitch this week but his return to full fitness is some way away, the same for squad full-back Jamie Sterry.

Added to that is Paul Dummett who won’t be available, having returned early from international duty.

Then you have Lascelles and Shelvey, neither featuring in training this week and a return from injuries that forced them off against Watford three weeks ago, taking longer than expected.

Finally, Yoshinori Muto, the striker also injured in that Watford match, but reported to be still some way off returning despite doing some light training this week.

Newcastle United could name up to 25 senior players in their Premier League squad and with those six set to miss, these are the other 19 options:

Goalkeepers:

Dubravka, Darlow, Elliot

Defenders:

Fernandez, Clark, Manquillo, Lazaar, Schar, Yedlin

Midfield:

Diame, Hayden, Ki, Murphy, Kenedy, Ritchie, Atsu

Strikers:

Perez, Rondon, Joselu

The only other outfield option would appear to be Sean Longstaff who is still to appear in the Premier League.

If you take out Lazaar and Elliot and add Longstaff, then you have an 18 man squad that appears to pick itself….

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