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29th Nov, 2017 | 6:05pm

Newcastle first-team star admits Benitez might drop him for clash v Chelsea

Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow is delighted to be playing first-team football again but admits he does not know whether he will start in goal for the Magpies this weekend.

The 27-year-old made his first Premier League start of the season last night in the 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion.

Darlow was delighted to be back in the starting line-up, but admitted he will not be taking anything for granted ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

“The manager rotates quite often, so you have to be ready each week and I’m just pleased to be back and playing for Newcastle,” he told the club’s official website.

“I was happy. I knew I needed to manage myself through my first game back after not playing for a while, but I felt good.

“I felt like I did alright, so we’ll see what kind of team he picks on Saturday!”

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Darlow made his second appearance of the season for Newcastle last night, his only other came in the 3-2 EFL Cup defeat against his former club Nottingham Forest in August.

His rival Rob Elliott had started every one of Newcastle’s Premier League games since their return to the top flight, before last night’s draw at the Hawthorns.

Darlow was Newcastle’s first-choice goalkeeper last season, making 34 Championship appearances under Rafa Benitez. After conceding twice on his return to the starting line-up, he is unsure whether he did enough to keep his place in the team.

The Magpies came from 2-0 to draw last night, the result leaves them in 12th place in the Premier League table, although their position could change after tonight’s fixtures.

In other Newcastle news, Magpies fans have reacted to their former manager Alan Pardew being appointed as the new West Brom boss.

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