Rafa Benitez in his press conference was as confident as ever but he still has some defenders missing.
Not available through injury are Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Daryl Janmaat. and apparently Colo had a reaction in training earlier ion the week and will not be available for tomorrow – so that’s 8 weeks he’s been out with that calf injury and we have picked up just one point in those games.
The captain’s fitness will be monitored for the next game – although its difficult to see him being available for Tuesday night and Manchester City – another tough game.
Fab Coloccini – been out 8 weeks
Dummett is back but we will have another patched up defense not for the first time this season – and if Rafa does decide to stay on Tyneside we can expect to see some defenders to be brought in this summer – thank goodness!
We may even be able to stop the other side scoring next season?
Jack Colback is back from suspension and Rafa could play his best players tomorrow and hope star men like Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum show some life – for a change.
Here’s a possible starting line-up:
Anita Mbemba Lascelles Dummett
Shelvey (c) Sissoko
Perez Wijnaldum Townsend
Subs: Woodman Sterry Colback Tiote de Jong Cisse Obertan
We need the win and fans are equally divided on whether we will win or lose.
We put out an article on 17 month-old Poppy-Mai on Friday and she has recently been diagnosed with a progressive malignant rhabdoid tumour, a rare and aggressive form of paediatric cancer.
To show their support two of our readers in New Zealand Sean Gordon and his sister Hayley have cut off their hair which will be donated to the Little Princess Trust in the UK.
They will then transform the hair into beautiful wigs for children who have lost their own hair to cancer and all funds raised will go to Poppy-Mai’s family to create Poppy’s Field.