Benitez has injury headache
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez faces the task of reshuffling his pack for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth after losing three key men to injury.
Last weekend’s first win of the season, a 1-0 success against Watford at St James’ Park, came at a cost with skipper Jamaal Lascelles, midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and striker Yoshinori Muto all limping off inside six minutes either side of half-time.
None of the trio are likely to be fit for the Cherries’ visit to Tyneside with Lascelles back in light training after a shoulder problem and Shelvey and Muto yet to return as a result of calf strains.
That could mean another chance for Fabian Schar, Ki Sung-yueng and Ayoze Perez, who replaced them to such good effect against the Hornets.
Benitez said: “I gave credit to them after the game. I was telling them they have to keep pushing, and then I’ll be in a position where I have to decide who can play.
“The players have to keep pushing. They did really well and the contribution of the three players was crucial to us, not just how they played, but also their approach and intensity.”