Dwight Gayle is still not recovered enough from his hamstring injury to play at Cardiff City tomorrow night.
And Rafa has also four of our players have slight injuries but will not be in the squad for tomorrow’s game in south Wales.
Rafa will want to win this game tomorrow night so we are set up for a season ending finale at St. James’ Park a week on Sunday and all games will kick of at high noon.
Rafa Benitez and Rolando Aarons last July – the youngster has phenomenal skills
If Brighton win just one of their last two games they will go up as Champions and we would congratulate them on that excellent achievement – after just failing by two goals yo get second place and automatic promotion.
Instead Middlesbrough went up and will come straight back down next month, along with Sunderland.
This is what Rafa said today on the injury front:
“Lascelles, Ritchie, Hanley and Anita are not in the squad. They need to rest injuries. We hope to have them for the last one”
It turns out that Matt Richie has played his last game for Newcastle this season as he has admitted an FA misconduct charge and is suspended for two games with immediate effect.
He’s had a fabulous first season at Newcastle and his 16 goals were magnificent and his highest goal tally for a single season in his career.
So here’s a team that could start tomorrow at Cardiff City Stadium:
Yedlin Mbemba Clark Dummett
Shelvey (c) Hayden
Atsu Diame Gouffran
We expect to see Rob stay in goal with Karl Darlow coming back in for the last game – Darlow has had a great season for us and deserves every credit.
And Christian Atsu should get another start on the right wing and there’s a chance Rolando Aarons could even get a start on the left wing – if he’s fit enough.
But maybe Rafa will not want to risk him at all this season, so he can have a full summer of strengthening and fitness exercises and be super ready for pre-season.
Let’s hope the 21 year-old can have some much better luck as far as injuries go – he can still become a phenomenal player for us down the road.
Daryl Murphy should get a chance up front and he usually scores when he starts away from home – another player who did the job for us when he was called on.
What team would you start tomorrow?
Howay The Bonnie Lads!!