Benitez shares big injury update – and it’s good & bad news ahead of crucial Bournemouth clash

Rafa Benitez has shared good and bad news on the injury front ahead of Saturday’s game with Bournemouth, suggesting that Lascelles should be fine – but admitting that it will be ‘difficult’ for Muto or Shelvey to be fit in time.

This comes after all three limped off during the 1-0 win over Watford last weekend, with Shelvey and Muto having ‘muscle injuries’ and Lascelles suffering with a shoulder problem.

Here’s what Rafa’s had to say about each at the NUFC foundation dinner tonight, suggesting that Lascelles should make it after training today – but that Muto and Shelvey may miss out after sitting out and receiving treatment so far this week:

‘’Jamaal was doing a light training session, so he could train.

“The other two had treatment , so we’ll see.

“It will be difficult for them ( Shelvey and Muto) for this weekend but we will see, little by little, how they progress.’’

The absence of Shelvey and Muto against Bournemouth would be somewhat of a blow, however this is softened by the fact their likely replacements (Ki and Perez) came on and changed the game against Watford.

Ki had his best performance in a Newcastle shirt and will hopefully take that into the next game, and Perez may have been set to start anyway after scoring the winning goal.

Lascelles being fit is a boost, although Fabian Schar would have been more than capable of stepping in if his outstanding cameo over the weekend was anything to go by.

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