Benitez rules 2 players OUT of Brighton clash – but claims key NUFC duo ‘should be fit’

Rafa Benitez has confirmed that both Miguel Almiron AND Jamaal Lascelles will miss tomorrow’s tip to Brighton – however he expects both Fabian Schar and Isaac Hayden to be fit.

The gaffer has revealed that Almiron will miss ‘at least’ three weeks after picking up a hamstring injury in last weekend’s win over Southampton, but skipper Jamaal Lascelles will also sit out of tomorrow’s game with a ‘stomach illness’.

On the plus side, it sounds like Schar and Hayden will be OK to play – with both being pictured in training this week despite limping off in our last game.

Here’s what Rafa’s had to say about the injury situation during his press conference today:

“Almiron is out for at least 3 weeks but we will see how he progresses. He has had his treatment & now he is positive. Lascelles is out of #bhafc game as well with a stomach illness.

We have some knocks, but Schar & Hayden for me should be fit.”

With this in mind, expect tomorrow’s line up to look something like this:

(3-4-2-1): Dubravka – Schar, Fernandez, Dummett – Manquillo, Ki, Hayden, Ritchie – Perez, Atsu – Rondon.

Yedlin and Shelvey will be pushing for starts, with Muto also in contention after Almiron’s injury, however this is the side that looks most likely to start to me.

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About Olly Hawkins

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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