Rafa has given an injury update for the game against Manchester City tomorrow night at home.
And it’s good news in that both Mikel Merino and Isaac Hayden will be fit for the game and of course, Jonjo Shelvey is also available after missing two games through suspension.
It’s going to be interesting who Rafa picks in central midfield, but it’s expected that Rafa will keep Henri Saivet in the team and possibly Mikel Merino will come back into the side to partner Saivet.
Mikel Merino – should be fit for tomorrow night
Although Rafa may go for the experience of Jonjo Shelvey tomorrow night against the excellent and in-form Manchester City side – we shall see.
This is what Rafa has said about the injury situation as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“Merino and Hayden will have a chance because it was little problems.”
“Lejeune? It will be more difficult.”
Mitrovic and Gamez are also out of the Christmas games with slight injuries.
There’s a report in the Northern Echo today that Rafa will give Henri Saivet every chance now to prove he is a Premier League player.
And Rafa was hugely impressed by Henri’s attitude after not getting a look-in under Rafa so far in his tenure.
Newcastle fans were also hugely impressed, and Saivet is an excellent technical player who can provide a threat from free kicks as we saw on Saturday at the London Stadium.
And he worked his socks off in the second half mainly in a defensive role as West Ham came at Newcastle after we went 3-1 up.
Saivet should be given every chance to shine, and we should keep him until the summer to give him a chance to prove he should be staying at Newcastle.
What do you think?