Rafa has had a triple injury boost after Lazaar and Gamez returned to fitness and were named on the bench for the 2-1 win at Deepdale last Saturday.
Apparently both new signings had an extra training session at Deepdale after the game in an effort to improve their fitness.
Both players have made only two appearances each so far for Newcastle this season and are being put through their paces by Benitez for future action.
And finally Sadio Haidara is fully fit again.
Massadio Haidara – finally returning from injury
They will put pressure on the full backs at Newcastle, and especially on Paul Dummett at left back.
Massadio Haidara is coming back from his injuries after being out for a year in what has been an injury strewn time for him on Tyneside since he signed for the Magpies from Nancy in January, 2013 for £2M.
But whether any of these players will get a start on Saturday against Cardiff City is a good question.
Rafa was asked about the three players today:
“Lazaar, Gamez and Haidara were training.” “It’s good and it’s more competition and more options for the next game.”
“We have the international break after, and we will see how many players go and how many players are available.”
We are also assuming that striker Dwight Gayle has fully recovered from his hamstring problems that kept him out of the team for the 2-1 win at Preston North End on Saturday.
Aleksandar Mitrovic scored 4 goals and looked great against Preston in the last two games and it will be interesting to see whether Mitro or Gayle will start up front on Saturday against Cardiff.
What do you think?