Player News - Newcastle United

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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

Rafa Benitez is hopeful that Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie can return to the United fold for the visit of Arsenal next weekend.

The midfield duo missed the 2-1 defeat at Manchester City last time out due to respective thigh and knee issues, but speaking to NUFC TV, Benitez confirmed that both players are closing in on a comeback. "When you have players injured, the international break gives you some time to recover. They are training really hard and that’s good news for us because they’re getting closer," he said. Javier Manquillo should also be back in contention having just missed out in week four. The full-back trained ahead of the trip to the Etihad, but after DeAndre Yedlin was passed fit, Rafa decided not to risk him. The news means that, barring any setbacks, only long-term absentee Florian Lejeune remains on the side-lines as Isaac Hayden has now served his three-game ban after being sent-off at Cardiff City.
Sep 7 - 7:13 AM

Newcastle United may have lost but they put in a good showing losing 2-1 to Manchester City.

With the restoration of club captain Jamaal Lascelles to the lineup, Rafa Benitez kept the same 3-4-3 formation that frustrated Chelsea in a trip to face Manchester City. While the Magpies found themselves down early due to a Raheem Sterling strike in the eighth minute, they kept their resolve and it was rewarded in the 30th minute. DeAndre Yedlin latched onto a ball from Salomón Rondón, firing it home to equalize. Newcastle would fall behind again due to a lovely strike from Kyle Walker but they can hold their heads high that they came and competed with City. While the Magpies are still searching for their first win, it is looking like it will come sooner rather than later.
Sep 1 - 3:08 PM

Matt Ritchie has failed to recover from the knee injury which kept him out of the Carabao Cup tie at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night.

The Scotland international has been making headlines this week following a training ground bust-up with club-captain Jamaal Lascelles, a clash which required the intervention of their team-mates. However, the incident was played down by manager Rafa Benitez who insists there is no disharmony amongst the United ranks. "You want competitive professionals," he said. "It's very positive. Every year you have two or three situations when something happens between players. Why? Because they want to win, they care." With Ritchie side-lined, Rafa will look to shuffle his pack and his absence could hand Christian Atsu his first league start of the season. Jonjo Shelvey [thigh] and Javier Manquillo [ankle] are also ruled out but Lascelles has recovered from the ankle injury which forced him to watch the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea from the stands.
Sep 1 - 7:25 AM

Jamaal Lascelles has been cleared to return for the weekend after an eventful week as Newcastle captain.

The 24-year-old was reportedly involved in a tactical argument with manager Rafa Benitez before the Chelsea match last weekend as well as an altercation in training with Matt Ritchie this week, while also missing out in the League Cup loss due to an ankle injury. But while Lascelles is fit to face Manchester City this weekend, the club will be without Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey due to injury. Said Benitez about the altercations: "In all my life as a player and a coach, every year you have two or three situations in the dressing room during a game or during a training session when something happens between players. Why? Because they want to win, they care. You want competitive professionals – we have competitive professionals and I think it’s very positive."
Aug 31 - 5:22 PM

Rafa Benitez is hoping to call upon Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie this weekend after the United duo missed the 3-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest.

Lascelles was also side-lined for the loss to Chelsea due to an apparent ankle injury, although rumours were rife of a bust-up with Benitez over tactics. There was also a suggestion that the captain, and winger Ritchie, had to be separated by team-mates following a heated argument on the training pitches. The club insist the players are injured, and are not missing for disciplinary reasons, although Rafa did hint of unrest following a disappointing start to the campaign. "You want players competing and who care. There are things that can happen in the dressing room, but the atmosphere is good." Benitez confirmed on Wednesday that Lascelles was training outside, along with Javier Manquillo, but he was uncertain whether Ritchie was. However, his injury is not thought to be serious. Jonjo Shelvey is a definite absentee after finally succumbing to a niggling thigh injury which has been bothering him since last month.
Aug 30 - 5:32 AM

Rafa Benitez will be hoping DeAndre Yedlin can return to the matchday squad following a mini crisis at right-back.

The US international injured his knee on the opening weekend, and despite training prior to the trip to Cardiff, a decision was not taken not to risk him the early kick-off. "We had a conversation and he will stay here because he needs time to get back to his level." His absence provided Javier Manquillo with a rare start, but following an innocuous looking challenge just before half-time, the defender never re-appeared for the second forty-five due to a twisted ankle. "It's too early, we will see if it is [very serious]," revealed the United boss post-match. The injury left Benitez with no choice but to utilise Isaac Hayden as a makeshift right-back. However, his afternoon had barely begun, before referee Craig Pawson issued a straight red for a rash challenge on Bluebirds winger Josh Murphy which will see the 23-year-old banned for the next three matches.
Aug 23 - 5:19 AM

Isaac Hayden has apologised for his dismissal at Cardiff and vows to do his "upmost to repair" the mistake.

The 23-year-old was introduced at the beginning of the second half, as a makeshift right-back, after Javier Manquillo failed to recover from the ankle injury he suffered just before the break. However, it was a brief cameo for Hayden, who was sent-off following a rash challenge on Bluebirds winger Josh Murphy. "Have to apologise to everyone for today, was a needless tackle and one that was stupid from me in that circumstance in the game. Will learn from it for sure and will be doing my upmost to repair my mistake today, for my team-mates, manager and staff and fans in the future," Hayden posted from his personal Twitter account. The red card topped a truly miserable day in the Welsh capital which saw Kenedy miss a penalty in time added while the Brazilian also faces the prospect of a three-match ban after match officials missed him kicking out at Victor Camarasa.
Source: The Sun
Aug 19 - 4:36 PM

Neil Etheridge continued his charmed start to life in the Premier League, saving a penalty for a second week in a row.

The best word to describe the first half is that it "occurred". The football was pretty dreadful though Harry Arter and Jonjo Shelvey stood apart as composed ballplayers in the centre of the field. Cardiff were the better side - just. Newcastle's Robert Kenedy (yes, that is his first name) may be in line to receive a post-match ban for a petulant lash-out at Victor Camarasa. Incidentally, the Brazilian didn't complete a pass in the first-half. It took him 13 minutes of the 2nd period to complete one. Isaac Hayden, on at half-time to replace injured 2nd choice right-back Javier Manquillo, was correctly red carded for a bad tackle on Murphy. When opportunity knocked in stoppage time, Kenedy's nightmare continued as his poor penalty was saved.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 18 - 9:40 AM

Newcastle supporters can breathe a collection sigh of relief following the news that DeAndre Yedlin has not been seriously injured.

The club confirmed on Wednesday that the problem is not considered long-term and the US international is "likely" to resume training with his team-mates "shortly". Although there has been no definitive timeline, the update will be welcomed as fans initially feared Yedlin had suffered the same fate as Florian Lejeune – ruptured ACL – which could have ended his season. Newcastle take on Cardiff City in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday and Rafa Benitez will consider his options prior to the trip to south Wales. The injury leaves United with only two fully fit out-and-out full-backs – Paul Dummett – and Javier Manquillo, understudy to Yedlin. However, Rafa may look to utilise Jamie Sterry from the under-23s or call Isaac Hayden in from the cold. Frederico Fernandez is another option, as one three centre-halves with Christian Atsu and Matt Ritchie playing as wing-backs.
Aug 15 - 12:50 PM

Newcastle have been left sweating on the fitness of US international DeAndre Yedlin after he left St James’ Park on crutches following the home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.

The flying full-back fell awkwardly when making a challenge as the game moved into time added-on, and following lengthy treatment on the pitch, he slowly limped to the sidelines and was helped down the tunnel. "It is too early to know what has happened," revealed Rafa Benitez post-match. "We have to wait, and the doctor has to assess the injury." Unable to put any weight through his right leg, Yedlin was seen leaving the stadium with the aid of crutches and there are growing fears on the Tyneside that he may have damaged knee ligaments. With the 25-year-old almost certain to miss next weekend's trip to Cardiff City, Benitez could look to Javier Manquillo or Jamie Sterry to slot in on the right. Although, with Christian Atsu at his disposal again, Rafa may consider a slight change of formation with the speedster playing as an attacking wing-back.
Aug 12 - 2:26 PM

Joselu responded to an early Tottenham goal with the club's first goal of the season, but that equalizer would not get them a result as Spurs took the opener, 1-2.

It looked to be a potential nightmare for Newcastle, as they would concede the opening goal inside the first ten minutes. They took advantage of some poor marking by Spurs though and, less than three minutes later, leveled the score when Matt Ritchie delivered one of his customary accurate balls to Joselu, who headed home. The Magpies had to pick their spots to try to beat the Tottenham defense again, but generally found themselves without much of the ball for the majority of the match. Martin Dubravka kept his teammates in it with a fine save just before the hour mark, but loanee Salomon Rondon was unable to find the target when given the best chance of the second half. DeAndre Yedlin left the match with an apparent knee injury, and an update should follow shortly on his condition.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 11 - 9:44 AM

Newcastle center-half Florian Lejeune is expected to miss most of the season after suffering an ACL injury.

The French defender will need surgery to repair the cruciate ligament, which could mean a nine-month recovery, after featuring extensively last season for Rafa Benitez. The club recently signed Fabian Schar, but Benitez said the Magpies will need more defensive reinforcements after selling Chancel Mbemba: "The reality is we have lost Lejeune – he has a cruciate ligament injury, so we will lose him for a while. He will need an operation, and he will need some time. We needed a centre-back before [Lejeune's injury] and still we need maybe another one. It's bad news about Lejeune but to see Fabian Schar doing well is important; he will give us this extra option we didn't have."
Source: Goal.com
Jul 29 - 4:46 PM


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