Rafa gave a positive update on the injuries at Newcastle during his press conference this afternoon, and only Paul Dummett and Sadio Haidara are not fit for the game.
That means Chancel Mbemba is fit after picking up a slight hamstring strain last week playing for DR Congo in World Cup qualifying, so that’s good news for the club.
There will not be too many changes made for the game against Stoke City tomorrow, but left-back will be an important position for Newcastle to combat Stoke’s dangerous winger Xherdan Shaqiri, the 64 times capped Swiss International (20 International goals).
There is a chance that Chancel could be brought back in to replace Jesus Gamez at left-back, who was brought in at Swansea and did well in the second half.
But we will go with just one change for the game tomorrow against Stoke with Christian Atsu coming back in for young Jacob Murphy on the wing.
The competition between Jesus Gamez if he starts – and Shaqiri – will be one to watch early in the game.
Christian Atsu – could return to the side tomorrow?
Rafa will know the 25-year-old Swiss International has been showing some good form of late for Stoke.
Here’s the team we expect to start against Stoke City tomorrow in what promises to be another tough game for the lads.
Manquillo Lascelles (c) Clark Gamez
Ritchie Perez Atsu