Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez was holding his pre-game press conference ahead of Wednesday evening’s Premier League clash with Everton this afternoon.
Newcastle head to Goodison Park for the midweek encounter on the back of defeat to West Ham United last Saturday as our three-game winning run came to an end, and we were poor in many ways, but we did have more efforts at goal and the main difference was how clinical they were in front of the net.
There are reasons to hope it was simply a bad day at the office but Benitez’s plans in some ways at least won’t overly be affected by the latest injury news.
Physioroom list four players as being out of contention this week, but a couple aren’t a surprise.
Paul Dummett remains missing with his hamstring injury and needs a little bit longer and Yoshinori Muto continues to struggle with his calf problem. They also list Jamie Sterry’s groin problem and Florian Lejeune’s longer-term ACL knee issue.
Speaking to the Chronicle in his meet and greet with the media, he also confirmed that Karl Darlow and Isaac Hayden were also unavailable for the game.
Although he didn’t name them, he did reference ‘a few’ players had knocks from the last game and a late decision would be made on them.
It’s that latter camp that may be more of a problem, depending on who are struggling.
I also believe Matt Ritchie misses out with suspension and will serve a one game automatic ban as he picked up a fifth yellow card of the campaign last weekend.