We need some good news after picking up just one point of the last 18 played for, and that good news is that both Paul Dummett and Christian Atsu are now fully fit.
The two just missed out on making the trip to London for the Chelsea game on Saturday so it will be interesting to see if Rafa will start either player against Leicester City on Saturday.
But the main man is captain Jamaal Lascelles, and he is still doubtful for Saturday and Rafa will be waiting to see how he does this week.
But it’s clear we have missed Jamaal’s play and his leadership of the team on the pitch since he’s been out of the side with an ankle injury.
If we were to hazard a guess, we’d say he can play on Saturday with Physioroom.com listing him only as a slight doubt for the next game.
Jamaal Lascelles – scoring winner against Stoke City
Rafa played five at the back at Chelsea, but he may go back to his more familiar 4-2-3-1 formation for Saturday’s late game with Leicester City.
This is what Rafa has said about the injury situation:
“They are closer but we will see on Tuesday how they feel. They are getting better.”
“I don’t know about Lascelles. We will see this week. Atsu was very close, Dummett was very close.”
“Jamaal was better but we will see how he feels during the week. They are closer but we will see on Tuesday how they feel.”
“They are getting better.”
It’s a little alarming we have made so many defensive errors in the last few games, and that’s the first thing that needs to be fixed.
Rafa Benitez ‘s sides have always been built on a solid defense that allows his team to win even if they score just one goal.
That’s what we need at Newcastle again – clean sheets – but Rafa has said it could take a little time.
Generally, defensive problems can be sorted out by good organization, and we are hoping once Jamaal and Dummett return we will be stronger defensively.
That will help the team a lot.
What do you think?