Date: 24th November 2017 at 5:27pm
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Rafa Benitez has revealed in his press conference ahead of Newcastle United vs Watford that Mikel Merino is in contention to start after recovering from his injury.

The manager revealed the positive news, while also confirming the Magpies would be without four players for the game against Watford.

Issac Hayden is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season against Manchester United, with Paul Dummett, Christian Atsu and captain Jamaal Lascelles all still sidelined by injuries.

However fans were excited at the surprise return of Merino, who fans were previously not expecting to see back until early December.

The midfielder, despite only joining in the summer, has quickly become a fan favourite thanks to his impressive performances across his nine Premier League outings.

So far he has only scored one goal, but in the three league games the midfielder has missed, the Magpies slumped to defeats in all of them, including a disappointing 1-0 defeat at St James Park to Bournemouth.

The 21-year-old originally moved to Newcastle United on loan from Borussia Dortmund in July, but has since signed a five-year-contract with the club to make the move permanent.

Here are the best reactions to the news that Merino might potentially start against Watford on Saturday:

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