Benitez confirms Newcastle handed double injury boost v Burnley
By Russell Edge
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed that he is only missing Paul Dummett through injury ahead of their clash with Burnley on Monday.
The Magpies had seen Dummett joined by Dwight Gayle in the treatment room after the striker missed the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last week, while left back Massadio Haidara was working his way back to full fitness after a long term injury layoff.
However the Spanish manager confirmed that aside from the Welsh international, all of the other players in the Magpies squad are ready to take on the Clarets, handing him a double boost with Haidara and Gayle’s return.
He told the press on Friday, as quoted by the Shields Gazette’s Miles Starforth on his personal Twitter account: “Paul Dummett (is injured), and that’s it. The rest of the players are available.”
Rafa Benitez on injuries: 'Paul Dummett (is injured), and that's it. The rest of the players are available.' #nufc
— Miles Starforth (@milesstarforth) October 27, 2017
Gayle recovering from his injury means that Benitez will have to decide which of his three strikers to start against Sean Dyche’s side, with both Joselu and Aleksandar Mitrovic vying for a place in the starting XI.
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Meanwhile the return of Haidara means that the club have a recognised left back available for the first time since the start of the season, with the likes of centre back Chancel Mbemba and right backs Jesus Gamez and Javier Manquillo all filling the role throughout the season.
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