Which 11 players would you pick in the Newcastle team v Burnley on Monday night?
We have put together a list of the 20 players who could potentially be selected for this game.
Rafa Benitez confirmed on Friday afternoon that as well as Sterry and Lejeune, Lascelles, Muto and Shelvey, are all but guaranteed not to start against Burnley, as they still haven’t managed to complete a full training session. So a place on the bench at the very best surely.
Whilst Paul Dummett is definitely ruled out.
The Mag earlier today, commenting on Rafa’s Friday pre-match press conference:
Rafa Benitez in upbeat mood after consecutive wins, declaring ‘At the start we were walking; now we are running; hopefully we can start sprinting!’
The manager saying it will be a ‘great bonus’ if Rondon continues his form from the win over Bournemouth.
On a more negative note, Rafa confirmed that Paul Dummett is definitely out and they are going to further assess his hamstring injury next week.
Whilst Florian Lejeune will still be missing BUT the manager revealed he is progressing and has completed a full training session with the rest of the squad.
Less positive is the news that none of Muto, Shelvey and Lascelles have completed a full training session so far.
As we are 20 days after the trio were injured against Watford, you would have to think there is no chance of any of them starting at Burnley.
Rafa says there are still a couple of more training sessions before this next game but he is somebody who never risks players, so at the very most maybe one could possibly make the bench.