Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has revealed that he will have to go with a makeshift backline in the clash against Huddersfield Town this weekend.
Newcastle United endured a very disappointing 2-0 opening day defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur at St. James’ Park last Sunday and although Jonjo Shelvey’s moment of madness contributed to the Magpies’ defeat, it has to be said that they looked very poor in attack even when 11 men were on the pitch.
Now Newcastle travel to the John Smith’s Stadium to square off against a confident Huddersfield Town and in addition to the Magpies’ toothless looking attack, manager Rafael Benitez will have to worry about his backline as well.
The duo of Paul Dummett and Florian Lejuene both had to be forced off during the clash with injuries and speaking ahead of the game, Benitez has revealed that even DeAndre Yedlin remains unavailable which means that he will have to go with a makeshift backline for the game.
The Spaniard told the Chronicle, “DeAndre can’t play. We don’t have too many options and that is the reality, and we have to be sure as a team we work together.
“We have to find solutions to every problem because will inevitably get more problems later in the season. It’s important to understand the team has to work together in defence and in attack.”
Ciaran Clark and Chancel Mbemba look set to deputize for the duo of Dummett and Lejuene respectively and it goes without saying that the situation is anything but ideal for Benitez.