Rafa Benitez has just finished his press conference for the game at Stamford Bridge tomorrow and there’s some bad news to report.
Rafa has pointed out that both Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett are not available for the game tomorrow because of injury.
Goalkeeper Karl Darlow is still not available through injury and Kenedy cannot play against his own club.
But the good news is that Ciaran Clark, Federico Fernandez, and Florian Lejeune are all fit to play.
We feel confident that Rafa will play five at the back with Ciaran Clark on the left side in place of Dummett.
Rafa Benitez – double injury blow
This is some of what Rafa has said today in his press conference:
“Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett are not available, which is a negative.”
“But Clark and Fernandez are available, which is a positive. Lejeune is fine too, but we have to assess a few other players too.”
“Darlow is not available either. Kenedy is ineligible, too.”
“After some important games, people can be disappointed, but other PL teams have struggled recently too.”
“The mood was quite negative after the FA Cup game, but we know it’s not easy.”
“We have to keep training as we do, change quickly and be ready for a tough game.”
“I am not downbeaten at the moment. It’s a big city and a big club.”
“But when we stick together and are united we are better.”
So that’s the real message from the Newcastle manager – we must stay united in these really troubling times for the club.