Player News - Newcastle United

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Ciaran Clark is targeting a return in pre-season after injury ruled the defender out of Newcastle’s final three games.

The 26-year-old has found himself of the peripherals of the first-team team after picking up a knee injury at Crystal Palace in early February. The setback coincided with the return to fitness of Florian Lejeune, who came in to partner captain Jamaal Lascelles, and Rafa Benitez never deviated from the defensive pairing for the remainder of the campaign. Earlier this month, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill confirmed that Clark would miss the upcoming friendly internationals versus France and the United States due to injury. "I had an injection a couple of weeks ago in my knee," Clark told nufc.co.uk. "Coming towards the end of the season, I'd been trying to train and doing a little bit outside, but it'd not been quite right, so we took the view that we'd leave it for a couple of weeks. Hopefully by pre-season it'll be back to normal and I'll be ready to go again for next season."
May 23 - 8:17 AM

Newcastle United finished the season with an excellent performance in a 3-0 win over Chelsea at St. James' Park.

Newcastle started brightly with Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame shined in the center of the park and went close early. In the 23rd minute, the Magpies offensive pressure was rewarded when Dwight Gayle headed home from close range after Jacob Murphy’s effort was denied by Courtois. Chelsea didn't threaten until the 50th minute when Olivier Giroud tried with a deft flick, but Martin Dubravka produced a brilliant save, backpedalling to tip it over the bar. Any chance of comeback was extinguished by top-scorer Ayoze Perez, who poked home in the 59th and 63rd minute to seal all three points and a 10th-placed finish for Rafa Benitez's side.
Source: NBC Sports
May 13 - 12:40 PM

Ayoze Perez continued his scorching form with Newcastle's only rally in their Week 37 loss at Vicarage Road.

Ayoze Perez has always shown flashes of brilliance but for the first time he is sustaining it with his fourth goal since the beginning of April to go with two assists. At only 24-years-old it could be a breakthrough or just a run of good form.
Source: Espn.com
May 5 - 1:43 PM

Christian Atsu, who has been sidelined for the past month, will miss Newcastle’s final three matches after undergoing knee surgery.

The speedy winger has been managing a niggling knee problem for a while now, and with manager Rafa Benitez not prepared to take any further risks, now that the club are safe, a decision was taken for Atsu to go under the knife. "He had an operation on his knee to be sure that he will be fine for the next year," revealed the United manager. "It wasn’t a big issue, but he had some discomfort, and we needed to fix the problem now to be sure that next year he’s fine." Newcastle travel to Watford on Saturday and Benitez has already suggested that he "will make some changes" at Vicarage Road. However, this will not include the likes of Islam Slimani after he was handed a three-game for violent conduct, or Ciaran Clark, who picked up an injury in training.
May 5 - 6:15 AM

Newcastle forward Islam Slimani's season is over after the FA handed his a three-match ban for violent conduct.

The ban will see the Algerian international miss Newcastle's final run in with games against Watford, Tottenham, and Chelsea, although the club is safe from relegation, after he was seen on video kicking out at West Brom's Craig Dawson last weekend. Slimani never got off and running on Tyneside since arriving on loan from Leicester City in the winter transfer window as a series of injuries prolonged his debut. In four appearances with Newcastle, Slimani made only one start and failed to score a goal. Said the FA in a statement: "Islam Slimani will miss Newcastle United's next three matches after he was charged with violent conduct. He accepted the charge but argued the suspension was excessive. This was rejected by an independent regulatory commission."
Source: Sky Sports
May 3 - 3:38 PM

Newcastle's four-match winning streak came to an end with a 1-0 defeat at Everton on Monday.

In all, it was a disappointing trip to Goodison Park for Newcastle. Rafa Benitez made one change to his side from the 2-1 win over Arsenal, as Islam Slimani made his first start since arriving on loan from Leicester City. Ayoze Perez nearly broke the deadlock in a first-half void of clear-cut chances when he tested Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the 31st minute. Perez had another opportunity just after the restart, but the Spaniard dragged wide with his left foot. Just a matter of seconds later, Everton took the lead when Theo Walcott collected a cross and smashed home from close-range. Matt Ritchie went close from a free-kick on 77 minutes as the visitors went for it late, but the Magpies weren't able to even the score. The defeat means Newcastle remain 10th on 41 points with four matches remaining.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 5:51 PM

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez said that the club will explore a way to keep Kenedy at the club beyond this season.

The Brazilian international is pushing for a World Cup spot this summer after impressing for Newcastle since arriving on loan from Chelsea in the winter transfer window. The versatile winger has recorded two goals and two assists in recent months, catching the eye of Benitez, who said he would even take Kenedy back on loan if they couldn't work out a deal with Chelsea: "If you want to win games and he's doing well you have to play him. If he's doing even better, than fine, fair enough. You can't change that. It will be more difficult for us, for sure, but he's so happy he'll be keen to stay."
Apr 23 - 1:01 PM

Matt Ritchie's second half goal sentenced Arsenal to a fifth consecutive away Premier League defeat.

With the win, the Magpies are virtually assured of another season in the Premier League. Goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie overcame an early Alexandre Lacazette rally as Newcastle came from behind against an Arsenal side conserving resources for their push for the Europa League title. Perez has now scored in three matches on the trot.
Source: Espn.com
Apr 15 - 2:39 PM

Newcastle United moved 10 points clear of the relegation zone after a 2-1 win at Leicester City thanks to goals from Jonjo Shelvey and Ayoze Perez.

Newcastle got off to a confident start at the King Power Stadium, and took the lead when Azoye Perez teed up Jonjo Shelvey to fire home from outside the penalty area after a deflection off of Ben Chilwell. The Magpies had a nervy moment when Paul Dummett collided with Riyad Mahrez in the box just before the break, but exhaled after penalty shouts were waved off. With a quarter of an hour remaining, though, the visitors double their lead when Perez slipped through the Leicester defense and popped a lovely chip over Kasper Schmeichel. Jamie Vardy would pull one back in the 84th, but Rafa Benitez's side held on for their third straight league win. Newcastle now sit clear of the drop zone in 10th with 38 points.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 7 - 12:46 PM

Mo Diame is facing a race against time to be ready for Saturdays trip to Leicester City.

The 30-year-old has battled back from rock bottom to become an integral part of the Newcastle squad. Last year, Diame admitted that his time on Tyneside hadn’t gone to plan: "This season has been the poorest of my career. It’s tough mentally. Sometimes you lose a bit of confidence and you lose confidence about how you can play." However, fast-forward 12 months, and Diame is one of the first names on the United team sheet after agreeing with Benitez to revert back to his old, more favoured role, as a midfielder. "I have always said that it is easier to be facing the game than playing with your back to it. So now I am happy." But, Diame is at risk of missing out this weekend after being forced off during the win over Southampton: "I decided to make a change because he was injured," said Benitez. "He’s been really important for us, hopefully, it will be nothing."
Apr 5 - 5:41 AM

Newcastle moved seven points clear of the relegation zone with a huge 1-0 win against Huddersfield Town.

Perez has displayed his knack for scoring late goals this season and gave the club quite the boost with his 80th-minute match-winner at St. James Park. Locked in a scoreless deadlock, Perez provided the breakthrough moment when he continued his run on goal and connected with a squared pass from Kenedy, who has two goals and an assist in his last two league matches. The goal lifted the Magpies into 12th place on 35 points. In team news, Islam Slimani finally made his debut for Newcastle after missing the last two months with a groin injury.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 31 - 12:24 PM

Newcastle is starting to get healthy just at the right time with attackers Matt Ritchie and Islam Slimani set to return.

Due to a groin injury, Slimani has not played for the Magpies since his arrival on loan from Leicester City on Deadline Day this winter. But after the forward played for Algeria during the international break, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez said Slimani will be in the squad to face Huddersfield Town this weekend, along with winger Matt Ritchie: "Ritchie had a little problem but have done the tests and he is fine. Slimani is also fine so he is fine...We had a fitness plan, we were in contact with the Algerian federation and it was a good idea for everyone that he played some minutes. It is good for his confidence and he is in the squad for tomorrow."
Mar 30 - 12:05 PM

The Scottish Football Association confirmed on Monday that Matt Ritchie will not feature in Hungary after suffering a groin injury during the 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica.

National team boss Alex McLeish briefed the waiting press prior to flying off to Budapest revealing that three of his starters from Friday – Matt Ritchie, Scott McTominay and Grant Hanley – would not be in the squad. The Newcastle winger has been in sparkling form this season providing five assists and two-goals from his 25 Premier League starts, but Ritchie faced a chorus of boos on Friday after the Scottish media questioned his commitment to international football after he seemingly prioritised Newcastle’s promotion run in 2016/17 over his country. "It was about managing my body," he insisted during an interview with the Scotsman. "I had been playing for probably around three or four months really struggling [due to a groin problem] and I tailored my training. It was sore but I’m fully fit now, that’s in the past and hopefully the future can be more successful."
Mar 26 - 10:47 AM

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez said he will be monitoring Islam Slimani's status during the international break.

The on-loan striker from Leicester City has not played a minute for the Magpies since his arrival on Deadline Day due to a long-standing thigh injury, but that hasn't stopped Algeria from calling him up for the international break. While Slimani was expected to return from injury after the break, Benitez said he will have to keep tabs on the forward: "What we have to do and what we want to do is be sure that he's fit," said Benitez. "And if he can play with the national team a little bit, that is a risk, because he's not playing for us. "But if they decide to play him, it is because he will be fit."
Mar 22 - 4:18 PM

Islam Slimani is caught in a club-versus-country row after the on-loan striker was called up for the national team.

The 29-year-old arrived on Tyneside with a niggling thigh complaint on deadline day in January, and following a setback, is yet to play a minute of football under Rafa Benitez. Newcastle are currently deliberating whether to take Slimani on a warm-weather training camp in Spain this weekend: "We will have to decide if he comes with us," said the United boss. "We can say Huddersfield is the idea, but maybe he’ll be feeling something. Now, he’s on the pitch with the fitness coach, but it depends on him." However, Algeria coach Rabah Madjer is keen on involving Slimani in the upcoming fixtures against Tanzania and Iran later this month. The striker last featured competitively in mid-January, a 56-minute FA Cup run out, but with only two Premier League starts during 2017/18 - involving Slimani in a meaningless friendly could prove irresponsible given his recent injury problems.
Mar 15 - 5:16 AM


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