We are trying to find out exactly which players will not be available for tomorrow night’s first game in charge for new manager Rafa Benitez at the King Power Stadium
There was no injury update given by Rafa yesterday and he will be taking his 3rd training session today presumably.
We do know that a few players have magically returned to fitness since Rafa arrived – which he rightly pointed yesterday was a positive sign – because they want to play for the team – they want to impress and play for Rafa.
Fab Coloccini with Rafa Benitez at training
Is he fit?
We will assume Chancel Mbemba, Paul Dummett and Sadio Haidara are not fit for the game tomorrow night and we’ll also assume Rafa will play in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
This could be Rafa’s first team he starts as Newcastle United manager:
Janmaat Coloccini (c) Taylor Colback
Sissoko Wijnaldum Townsend
Subs: Darlow Lascelles Saivet Anita Perez Aarons Doumbia
We have kept Colo as captain because maybe Rafa at least through this season will try to use Colo’s experience – and we have to remember some players are going to rise to the occasion under Rafa Benitez and play well for the team.
We just don’t know which players they will be – and some may be those who didn’t feature much under McClaren.
Anyway – that’s our best guess at what Rafa’s team will be for tomorrow night – in what is a massive game for this club.
Now to the important stuff – what team do you think Rafa will start tomorrow night?
About 70% of fans have some confidence we can get something out of this game against the league leaders.