A hamstring injury has ruled Miguel Almiron out of our final three games , with Lejeune and Longstaff also suffering season-ending injuries in recently, however this is a timely boost for Benitez ahead of our run in.
Both Schar and Hayden were subbed off with knocks during Saturday’s win over Southampton, yet both appear to have bounced back quickly, with both taking part in a Wednesday morning sessions at the club’s training ground:
With Almiron injured, there will be at least one forced change for Benitez to make this weekend, but having Schar and Hayden fit will be a huge boost – with both being two of our top performers in 2019.
Here’s the side we can see starting against Brighton come 5.30pm on Saturday:
(3-4-2-1): Dubravka – Schar, Lascelles, Dummett – Manquillo, Hayden, Ki, Ritchie – Perez, Atsu – Rondon.
That looks the most likely side, however I would love to see Muto get his chance in Almiron’s absence – a player who’s shown promise on occasion but is yet to be handed a proper run in the side by Rafa.