Training pictures have been released today as the players prepare for Saturday’s game with Fulham.
The good news is that Federico Fernandez is back after missing out on last weekend’s trip to Huddersfield, whilst Kenedy and Jamaal Lascelles are also seen taking part despite concerns over the last few days that they had knocks.
The bad news is surrounding Jonjo Shelvey, who was nowhere to be seen once again today – with the midfielder yet to feature since coming off the bench in our 0-3 loss to West Ham earlier this month.
Given Saturday could be Ki sung-yueng’s final game before he heads off to the Asian Cup with South Korea, we could really do with having Shelvey back fit.
Fernandez’s return against Fulham could be big, but with us spoilt for choice in central defence at present, it could be argued that Shelvey’s return to fitness would’ve been the biggest boost for Benitez.