Rafa Benitez has given an injury update before the visit of Bournemouth on Saturday.
Yoshinori Muto, Jamaal Lascelles, and Jonjo Shelvey were all injured and replaced over a spell of six minutes just before the end of the first half on Saturday.
That was our first win of the season against Watford when Perez headed home the winner on 65 minutes.
Muto and Shelvey have muscle problems, and Lascelles has a shoulder problem and was holding his left arm limp during the second half of the first 45 minutes.
Muto leaving the field on Saturday just before halftime
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez was talking at the 10 Year Anniversary Dinner of the Newcastle Foundation at St James’s Park last night as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“It was a light training session, and Jamaal could train,”
“The other two had treatment, so we will see,”
“It will be difficult for them this weekend, but we will see, little by little, how they progress.”
Apparently, Muto picked up a knock on his calf last week in training and then couldn’t continue against Watford and was taken off in first-half stoppage time.
A scan shows the injury is not serious and he could be fit for the game on Saturday against Bournemouth.
Shelvey is still a doubt, and the medics will monitor his situation this week.
But it wouldn’t be a surprise if the team that finished the game starts against Bournemouth.
That would see Perez keep his place and give another chance to Ki Sung-yueng and Fabian Scharr who played extremely well in the second half last Saturday.
This is the final game before another two week International so another win would be terrific.