FIVE senior players left behind by Benitez as NUFC jet off to their training camp in Ireland

A 27-man Newcastle United squad has arrived in Ireland for a week-long training camp at Carton House, however there are some noteworthy absentees, with Rafa Benitez leaving behind Tim Krul, Chancel Mbemba, Achraf Lazaar, Adam Armstrong, and Emmanuel Riviere.

Chancel Mbemba misses out due to a visa technicality and it has been confirmed that Adam Armstrong has remained on Tyneside to discuss a loan move with potential suitors, however the absence of Tim Krul, Achraf Lazaar and Emmanuel Riviere raises serious doubts over the trios futures at the club.

Tim Krul has returned to the North-East this summer after a season in Holland and is eager to resurrect his career at the club. He didn’t make the squad away to Hearts on Friday and given Benitez must get a goalkeeper or two off the books this summer and has taken every senior keeper on the books to Ireland but Krul, the Dutchman’s days look numbered.

Lazaar impressed during his short cameo against Hearts last week, but it appears increasingly likely that the Moroccan will be moved on this summer after failing to make any impact in the Championship last season, with goal-shy striker Emmanuel Riviere believed to be attracting interest from Metz.

Here’s the confirmed 27-man NUFC squad that Benitez has selected for the Irish training camp: Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot, Freddie Woodman, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Jesus Gamez, Massadio Haidara, Grant Hanley, Jamaal Lascelles, Florian Lejeune, Jamie Sterry, DeAndre Yedlin, Rolando Aarons, Christian Atsu, Jack Colback, Mohamed Diame, Victor Fernandez, Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie, Henri Saivet, Jonjo Shelvey, Callum Roberts, Siem De Jong, Dwight Gayle, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Daryl Murphy, Ayoze Perez.

Interesting to see the inclusion of youngsters Jamie Sterry, Callum Roberts and Victor Fernandez, whilst first-team stars Matt Ritchie and DeAndre Yedlin make their returns after missing out on the Hearts friendly last week.

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Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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