Newcastle Hit By Double Injury Blow – Other Players Not Available

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.

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7 comments so far

  • geordietom

    Jan 11, 2019 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #1

    day 11…

    no players signed…

    no positive take over news…

  • Bambams

    Jan 11, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #2

    I think, yes I can’t prove it – but something has changed since 12th December when the funds were proven.

    I will hazard a guess and suggest it’s Ash, I would not be surprised if there are so many clauses (Just like at Rangers) and to get a full clean break it’s a huge sum.

    Kenyon may have to bite the bullet and accept some of these clauses and in time remove Ash.

    You just know the way ash works there will be extras added, this is why I think the letter was leaked as Ash knows it’s in his interests if he gives Kenyon more time as he will get more money.

    The only good thing about leaking the letter is nothing will stop Kenyon leaking the reasons why this has happened if it does fall through.

    It’s AshLIE and we know what he is like.


    I am pleased you agree about Kenyon mate…I was beginning to feel awfully alone ….


  • carltoon

    Jan 11, 2019 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Let’s unite and get behind Raffa and the lads. I’m not going to let that evil man beat me down. I just hope I live long enough to see my team where it belongs HWTL.

  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #4

    In reverse order:

    We’ll likely get a real hammering off Chelsea. We can express optimism but the reality is that apart from being short of players, our lad’s heads will be down, affected by the way Ashley’s treating Rafa and thus wondering ‘why fckng bother, what’s the point?’

    Speaking of the way Ashley’s behaving towards fans, managers and the media (spnning lies for its consumption), whilst the Prem’s fit and proper ownership test won’t affect Ashley, the EPL have taken a step forward by introducing a test which questions owners’ behaviour – looking at activities which are considered disreputable. They include lying, dishonesty, business ethics etc. Haven’t researched it but I don’t know what sanctions could be imposed on those owners who cross the line.

    But, when we’re relegated, at least Ashley’s lying and disrespect of others may be highlighted – officially.


    Would you get into bed with Ashley? I wouldn’t trust the twat as far as I could throw him. His reputation must be writ large in the business community by now.


  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #5

    * our lad’s = lads’


  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 11, 2019 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m not holding out hope for tomorrow… no shelvey, ki or kennedy means we’ll lack a lot of creativity and will struggle.

    Tomorrow we definitely need to keep compact and hope for something from a set piece. No criticism from me for being very defensive tomorrow, I think it’s the only way to go.

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 11, 2019 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #7

    lesh, I saw that news re the EFL.

    It will never happen in the Prem as the league is run by the owners of the clubs for the owners of the club. They have legislation in place to stop undesirables from joining their boys’ club, but once you’re in, you’re in for life.


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