It seems like only Steven Taylor has come back from injury from last week, and Kevin Mbabu is also fit again, but he was on the bench last week at Liverpool.
So a good question now is what team will Rafa start tomorrow against Crystal Palace, which is basically a must-win game if we are to avoid relegation next month.
Gini Wijnaldum – could make a return tomorrow
For the first time in over 100 games as manager Rafa started an unchanged side last week at Anfield and we think he will not do the same thing tomorrow, with maybe Gini Wijnaldum finding his way back into the first team starting line-up.
Whether Gini makes it will depend on how he has been performing in training – including giving 100% every single day.
Here’s the team Rafa could start tomorrow in a 4-1-4-1 formation with Tiote protecting the back four:
Anita Mbemba Lascelles Dummett
Townsend Colback Sissoko (c) Wijnaldum
Subs: Woodman Mbabu Shelvey de Jong Aarons Perez Mitrovic
Wijnaldum could be switched inside for Sissoko to play the number 10 role, although Benitez has had Sissoko playing in the center with some success over the last few games.
It’s a good time for Wijnaldum to put in an all-star performance – it’s a long time since we’ve seen one from him – and maybe he can add to the nine goals he has this season – all of which have come at St. James’ Park.
A good win and a very good performance by Newcastle is what we all want to see tomorrow.
What’s your team for tomorrow?