Early Newcastle team news: Benitez rules duo out of clash v Nottingham Forest
By Abigail Withey
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez ruled defensive duo Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett out of Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup clash versus Nottingham Forest.
Fans were left worried when Lejeune, 26, limped off the pitch at St. James’ Park during the Magpies’ clash against Tottenham in the opening weekend of the Premier League.
A questionable tackle from Harry Kane meant that Lejeune sustained an ankle injury, and was expected to be out for a number of weeks.
Now his manager, Benitez, has told fans that he could be in line to return to the Newcastle squad for the club’s top flight clash against West Ham on Saturday, but will definitely be out of the Forest fixture.
“Florian Lejeune is working very hard and trying to be available as soon as possible,” said Benitez, as quoted by the Chronicle.
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“The Nottingham Forest game was too early, for West Ham he will have a chance.”
Dummett, who picked up an injury during the same Tottenham match, doesn’t look to have had as much success with his injury recovery and he will be sidelined for a more extended period than his French team-mate.
“Paul Dummett will take a little bit longer – so we must wait,” Benitez added.
Newcastle United welcome Nottingham Forest to St. James’ Park in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday before they host fellow strugglers West Ham at the weekend.
Benitez’ side hasn’t had the successful return to the top flight that they’d hoped for after losing their opening two matches of the Premier League to Tottenham and Huddersfield.
In other Newcastle news, a Sky Sports pundit has predicted the Magpies’ clash versus Nottingham Forest.