Perez limped off early on during last weekend’s draw at Brighton, while Lasceless missed out entirely with a ‘stomach illness’, however it seems BOTH will be fit enough to face Liverpool tomorrow.
As far as Yedlin is concerned, Manquillo has taken his place at right-back recently, but some felt the American was best suited to deal with the pace of Sadio Mane. That is no longer an option after news of a ‘groin problem’, however..
Here’s what Rafa’s had to say on the injury front during his pre-match press conference this afternoon:
“Ayoze is fine, Lascelles is fine.
“Yedlin has a groin problem but the rest of the players (who played last week) are fine.”
We’re unsure if it’ll be Shelvey, Diame or Ki who partners Hayden, but with this team news in mind, this could well be the side that starts at St James’ Park tomorrow night:
(5-4-1): Dubravka – Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie – Perez, Shelvey, Hayden, Atsu – Rondon.