Sky Sports have given an injury update on the three players forced off against Watford at the weekend.
By the 52nd minute Rafa Benitez had used all three subs, with Jamaal Lascelles, Yoshinori Muto and Jonjo Shelvey all forced off.
After the game Rafa revealed that Jamaal Lascelles had problems with his shoulder in training in the lead up to the game but still started.
The diagnosis on him is positive, with Keith Downie of Sky Sports saying that the captain has trained on Tuesday and should be fine for Saturday’s game against Bournemouth.
However, the Sky Sports man says the outlook isn’t as positive for Muto and Shelvey, saying that the pair have muscle injuries and are unlikely to make that match in four days time.
Rafa Benitez will also consider the fact that there then follows a two week international break, so would be unlikely to risk anybody.
Ki looks a straightforward choice to play if Shelvey doesn’t make it, having been man of the match on Saturday.
Whilst Perez scored the winner and hopefully his confidence will now rise accordingly.
Even if Muto did make it, there would be a good chance of Rafa maybe switching to Perez alongside Rondon.
Maybe the most interesting will be to see if Lascelles comes straight back in after Fabian Schar did so well when he came on, the Swiss international definitely improving Newcastle’s ability to play the ball out from the back.
Rafa Benitez after having to make three subs due to injury and still beating Watford – Saturday 3 November 2018:
“In my opinion we deserved to win before today, but to do it today, with the team working so hard and with the fans behind us, was good.
“It is a great three points.
“We needed this first win to then have more confidence and hopefully we can play with the same intensity as we did today and score a couple more goals (in future games).
“We had three problems…three substitutions.
“But the reaction of the players was quite good against a very good team.
“A great three points and it was a difficult game as they (Watford) have confidence.
“We could have conceded (at the end) but we could have scored the second goal – a good game for the fans to watch.
“I’m really pleased with the performance and we needed the energy and commitment from everyone.
“There are a couple of muscle problems with Shelvey and Muto, Jamaal (Lascelles) had a little problem with his shoulder in a training session the other day but we we’ll have to wait a little bit and see how they are.
“For Muto, it was the calf, but too early to know what he has done.
“All three (substitutes) really contributed, we needed energy and commitment from everyone and the three players quickly focused and did what they had to do.
“They made a contribution because they were working hard but also on the ball they were quite good.
“Ayoze (Perez) was trying to hold the ball and to run, looking for a second ball.
“Ki was good on the ball and Schar also – we knew he had quality on the ball.
“The three of them gave us something and in a difficult game, we needed maybe those kind of things.”