New signing Mohamed Diame picked up an ankle injury in his debut last Saturday against Huddersfield and will miss the game tonight against Reading.
Moussa Sissoko also picked up an injury in training and will miss tonight’s game, although he was unlikely to play with his long transfer saga ongoing.
Matt Ritchie should start tonight
Newcastle must get a win tonight if the mood on Tyneside is to be lifted, after the shock of two successive defeats to start the season.
We hope Rafa will play Vurnon Anita in a holding midfield position tonight and not out on the wing.
This is the team that could start tonight’s game:
Janmaat Lascelles (c) Hanley Dummett
Gayle Perez Aarons
Subs: Darlow Clark Hayden Tiote Gamez Colback Armstrong
Maybe Rafa will give a game to Karl Darlow and he has to give debuts to both Clark and Gamez at some point and maybe tonight?
We are struggling to pick some good in-form attackers in the side.
With Diame not available for the number 10 spot and Siem de Jong injured again, we gave it to Perez.
And who to start on the left wing after Aarons was less than impressive in that first half on Saturday, although he should be a lot better tonight – hopefully.
We need at least two new attackers brought in before the end of the month and we do get Aleksandar Mitrovic back from his four game suspension after the game at Bristol City on Saturday.
He’s been a big miss.
Our star man so far – Matt Ritchie – should be back in the starting line-up so that’s good.
Grant Hanley should also get a start, but Chancel Mbemba looked good on Saturday, so we don’t know whether Rafa will try Hanley and Mbemba together at the back with captain Lascelles on the bench tonight?
Jamaal has not been at his best so far this season.
Both Brighton and Norwich are top of the league at the moment after last night’s games having taken 7 points from their first three games, with Brighton winning 3-0 at home to Rotherham and Norwich winning 1-0 at home to Bristol City.
Newcastle play at Bristol City on Saturday.
What team would you play tonight?