Newcastle have almost everybody in the squad available for tonight’s home game against in-form Burnley other than long term injured Rob Elliot and Ciaran Clark, who is also out injured.
We are playing three games in eight days so this is the game Rafa will likely have to bring in one or two players to the starting line-up.
Who they may be is uncertain, but Mo Diame, Jonjo Shelvey and Ki Sung-yueng are all available and itching for a start in central midfield.
Ki Sung-yueng – may get start tonight
Rafa has hinted at possible changes when he said this in the Shields Gazette today:
“If you play one game a week then maybe it’s OK and you can repeat and keep the same players,”
“If you play again in three days, you have to consider the effort of the other game and who can cope with the physicality and the intensity.”
“Can the same starters start the game? Yes, they could do it, but maybe physically they will lose something.”
“Would it keep the momentum and give them confidence? Yes, could be.”
“But at the same time you have to analyze which positions are more dangerous, where you have to make a substitution.”
Maybe Ki Sung-yueng could come into central midfield, but we still expect Sean Longstaff to start this game.
A win tonight will take us one point above Burnley in the league and make it four home wins in a row.