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:


Dubravka, Darlow, Elliot


Fernandez, Clark, Manquillo, Lazaar, Schar, Yedlin


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


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….

  • Kenny

    Back 4 looks thin on the ground

    • Mike D

      And the middle and the front two.

    • Wor Lass

      All those plonkers who keep slagging Dummy off are likely to find out why he`s so valuable to us on Monday. I think we might break our Monday night duck and pay Burnley back for last season. Hope so!

      • Big Al 1967

        There will be some people on here who will criticise Paul for his performance on Monday night even though he won’t be playing!!

        • Wor Lass

          Sadly true!

        • mentalman

          Yedlin will cost us three goals and it’ll be dummett’s fault for being injured

  • DeadToiler

    Go 3-5-2 but have Sorensen on the bench

  • Wezza

    Good thing we are an actual ambitious football team, ran with a full staff and board and haven’t got an asset stripped, threadbare squad of cheaper replacements and freebies….

  • Billmag

    What’s with the Dummett love in yes he’s been playing well yes he will be missed on Monday, but only because we have no one else to put pressure on his position.