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Paul Dummett picked up an injury while representing Wales on Friday evening which could leave Newcastle United without a specialist left-back for the game at Turf Moor.

Dummett was making his first start for the senior side, but his night ended on a sour note when he was replaced in the 39th minute following a cynical challenge on Yussuf Poulsen. He injured himself in the tackle which also earned him a caution – Chris Gunter came on in his place and the Reading defender will play in Albania on Tuesday. There is no word on the extent of his injury, but if Dummett does miss out in game week 13, then Rafa Benitez may decide to alter his formation against Burnley. Both Kenedy and Javier Manquillo have deputised on the left in a back four, but given the form of Frederico Fernandez and Fabian Schär recently, plus the expected return of captain Jamaal Lascelles, Benitez could opt for three centre-halves with DeAndre Yedlin and Kenedy providing the width in a 3-5-2.
Nov 17 - 3:23 PM

Don't look now, but Newcastle have a winning streak on their hands following a 2-1 win over Bournemouth.

After recording their first win of the season last week in a 1-0 triumph over Watford, the Magpies took on another upstart mid-level side and jumped to an early lead. Salomon Rondon waited 12 games into the season to score his first Premier League goals for Newcastle, starting in the seventh minute. DeAndre Yedlin found the striker with a low cross and Rondon sent home his second effort after seeing one chance saved. Then, in the 40th, Rondon connected with a Kenedy's cross and headed in the effort to give the club a two-goal lead. The only downside for the Magpies is the international break will dampen any momentum built up over the past two weeks, although it will allow key starters like Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey and Yoshinori Muto the chance to recover after missing out.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 10 - 12:05 PM

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez admitted that the club will have all hands on deck to face Bournemouth this weekend.

The Magpies' first win of the season, a 1-0 triumph over Watford last weekend, came at a steep price as Jamaal Lascelles, Yoshinori Muto and Jonjo Shelvey all left the match with various muscle injuries. Lascelles remains the most likely to face Bournemouth but has only participated in one training session since suffering the shoulder injury. According to local papers, that means Fabian Schar, Ayoze Perez and Ki Sung-yueng are set to fill in. Said Benitez: "Jamaal has had a training session, but it will be difficult for him to play tomorrow. The other two – Muto and Shelvey – were not training. Maybe all three will be out."
Nov 9 - 1:14 PM

Yoshinori Muto could be available to face Bournemouth this weekend after tests reveal his injury is not as bad as initially feared.

The Japan international was replaced moments before half-time on Saturday following a problem in his left calf. Muto had been struggling during the build-up to the game, and he was withdrawn as a precaution and sent for a scan, the results of which, showed that there was no serious damage. He will be monitored day-to-day and a decision is likely to be made closer to kick-off, although Rafa Benitez may decide against risking him on Saturday with an international break coming up. If he does miss out, then Ayoze Perez is expected to return to the side following his first goal since May. The Spaniard was on hand to glance home a whipped free-kick from Ki Sung-Yeung to silence supporters who had become increasingly frustrated by his performances of late, which led to a section of fans booing his introduction.
Nov 7 - 4:36 AM

After eleven attempts, Newcastle United finally managed to secure their first three-points of the season with a hard-fought win over visitors Watford on Saturday.

However, the victory came at a cost, after the Tynesiders lost three players to injury, all within six minutes either side of half-time. "There are a couple of problems. Jonjo Shelvey and Yoshinori Muto have muscular problems, so we will have to see what is going on," mused manager Rafa Benitez post-match. "Muto was his calf. But it’s still too early to know what he has. Jamaal Lascelles had a little problem with his shoulder in training a couple of days ago." While initial reports suggest the United skipper will be okay to face Bournemouth this weekend, Muto and Shelvey are waiting on the results of their scan, but the pair are rated as major doubts. After impressing from the bench, and setting up the winner for Ayoze Perez, Ki Sung-Yeung will be hoping to make his first Premier League start since September [GW4].
Nov 6 - 6:06 PM

After an 11-game wait, Newcastle secured its first Premier League win of the season in a 1-0 victory over Watford.

It was Ayoze Perez who played the role of super sub when he came off the bench to replace an injured Yoshinori Muto. In the 65th minute, Ki Sung-yueng earned a free kick at the edge of the penalty area, lofting a cross to Perez for only the club's second lead of the season. The win brings the Magpies out of the bottom three for the time being on six points, but it comes at a cost as the club lost three starters to injury in the first 51 minutes: Muto, Jonjo Shelvey and Jamaal Lascelles, while Kenedy also sustained an injury but carried on so the club didn't drop to 10 men.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 3 - 1:04 PM

Newcastle were lucky to earn a point at Southampton with a scoreless draw on Saturday afternoon.

Newcastle somehow managed to maintain their composure despite 22 shots from Southampton, forcing Martin Dubravka into four saves to secure his third clean sheet of the season. But the Magpies could not even manage a single shot on target in search of their first win of the season, which would have seen them leave the relegation zone. Instead, Rafa Benitez's men now sit tied for on three points at the bottom of the table with Huddersfield Town.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 27 - 12:16 PM

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez confirmed that forward Salomon Rondon will not feature against Brighton.

The Venezuelan forward has missed the last two Premier League matches after suffering a thigh injury against Crystal Palace in Gameweek 6. The club has only scored two goals in the last three games, but got their first real look at Yoshinori Muto against Manchester United, where he scored his first Premier League goal. Meanwhile, Ciaran Clark has also been ruled out while Paul Dummett is set to return after training during the international break. "Rondon has been doing part of the training sessions but is not available," Benitez said. "Clark will have some treatment but he is out. Dummett is training normally so he should be OK."
Oct 19 - 11:14 PM

Newcastle defender Paul Dummett gave the club a boost in defense by returning to training this week.

The oft-injured Magpies veteran has missed the last two Premier League games due to a hamstring injury but is expected to return to the 18-man squad ahead of this weekend's match against Brighton. Newcastle is still searching for their first win of the season as they sit second bottom on just two points through eight matches. But Dummett's return would provide a much-needed presence on the back-line after conceding five goals in the last two games, with Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark filling in for the Welshman. But a remarkably light schedule through Boxing Day provides a make-or-break opportunity for Rafa Benitez and company.
Oct 15 - 9:38 PM

Florian Lejeune is back on Tyneside to begin the next phase of his recovery from a serious knee ligament injury.

The Frenchman has spent the last 8 weeks in Rome having undergone reconstructive surgery following a training ground injury which left Lejeune clinging onto his season before a ball had been kicked. Ordinarily, players who rupture their ACL can expect to miss between 9-12 months, but Rafa Benitez is hoping for a much quicker return with Lejeune being put through an accelerated rehab programme. The United boss first used Professor Paolo Mariani while at Napoli – sending forward Lorenzo Insigne – and then in 2016, winger Rolando Aarons flew to Italy to undergo a similar procedure. "In our experience with this surgeon, it takes less ... between four and six months. It depends what is going on and if we have any complications." Following a difficult start to the campaign, and with a limited transfer budget, a return in early 2019 would be much welcomed at St James’ Park.
Oct 13 - 12:44 PM

Newcastle rushed to snap early 2-0 lead at Old Trafford but it came crashing down as Manchester United scored 3 late goals to win late.

Rafa Benitez will be left ruing an opportunity lost as his side were up 2-0 early behind goals from Kenedy and Muto. It could have been more as Ashley Young's handball in the penalty area went uncalled and Muto headed another chance weakly at David De Gea. The Magpies remain winless on the season despite their wonderful first half showing.
Source: Espn.com
Oct 6 - 2:44 PM

Newcastle forward Salomon Rondon will not be available for the weekend after suffering a thigh injury.

Rondon suffered the injury in the first half of a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace last weekend and a prognosis has not been made as to a potential injury layoff. The forward has made three starts since arriving from West Brom and is expected to be replaced in the lineup by Joselu. Said the club in a statement: "The Venezuelan striker, who is on a season-long loan from West Bromwich Albion, was withdrawn from the match at Selhurst Park at half time. Rondon is undergoing treatment with the Magpies’ medical team and further assessment of the extent of the injury will be made in due course."
Sep 27 - 3:02 PM

Newcastle couldn't manage to break their winless streak, but at least they managed a point on the road.

The only noteworthy news from the Newcastle side came when Aaron Wan-Bissaka was hit with what appeared to be a glass bottle late in the match in front of the away Newcastle end. But goalkeeper Martin Dubravka came up big again for the Magpies with four critical saves that kept the scoreless draw intact to break the club's four-match losing streak in all competitions. Newcastle was fortunate to escape with a point as Crystal Palace looked the dominant side, hitting the post in the first half and nearly winning on a couple of close late chances.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 22 - 12:12 PM

Jamaal Lascelles faces a race against time to be fit for the trip to Selhurst Park.

The United skipper rolled his ankle in the warm-up, prior to last weekend's game against Arsenal, but managed to play through the pain barrier in the opening forty-five minutes before finally succumbing to the injury. If the centre-back does miss out, then his replacement on the day - Ciaran Clark – is favourite to come into the side following his late headed goal. Fabian Schär could be added to the matchday squad to provide back-up from the bench. Newcastle find themselves in the relegation zone, and unless results start to pick up quickly, Rafa Benitez’s men could find themselves cut adrift having only managed to secure a single point [0-0 at Cardiff] this season. Florian Lejeune [ACL knee injury] is the only definite absentee heading into game week six but Jonjo Shelvey will be checked again as he struggles to overcome the niggling muscular issue which has kept him off the pitch for over a month.
Source: Daily Star
Sep 20 - 5:03 AM

Arsenal's 2-1 win at Newcastle kept the Magpies winless on the season with only a Week 2 draw at Cardiff City to their credit after five weeks

Newcastle gave as good as they got in the first half which, frankly, wasn't saying much for either side. It wasn't an aesthetically pleasing match from either side in the first half as Newcastle's attempts to stifle Arsenal won out and they even had some stretches of dominating the attacking play. It all came undone in the 2nd half. Granit Xhaka struck from a set piece four minutes in and Arsenal were on top for virtually the entire second stanza. Ciaran Clark, on for Jamaal Lacelles at halftime, scored a late goal to salvage some pride but there was never much sense that the Magpies were going to stage a comeback.
Sep 15 - 12:55 PM



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