News from the training ground today as reported in the Chronicle is that Dwight Gayle is likely to play tomorrow at Anfield – because he was training well with the rest of the squad.
But there was no sign of Jonjo Shelvey, and we still don’t know how serious his knee injury is.
So it could be a good chance for 21-year-old Mikel Merino to start tomorrow at Anfield.
And with Dwight Gayle, we are hoping his hamstrings are not a serious concern.
And if he can play tomorrow and in the crucial home relegation battle against Southampton a week on Saturday, he will have three weeks rest before our next game.
Dwight Gayle – likely be fit for tomorrow
Dwight could yet be the goalscoring hero who helps to keep us in the Premier League this season.
And during Rafa’s press conference in 15 minutes time, we should also hopefully have an injury update on new loan signing Islam Slimani.
Rafa may also touch on the controversy that Algeria want Slimani in their squad for the upcoming International – when he will not have even played for Newcastle.