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10th Mar, 2017 | 1:47pm

Major Newcastle blow as key trio ruled out of promotion rival clash

By Matt Farr

Rafa Benitez has confirmed that Newcastle will be without DeAndre Yedlin, Rolando Aarons and Isaac Hayden for their meeting with Fulham on Saturday.

The Newcastle chief revealed to the press ahead of the promotion rival clash, as quoted by Chronicle reporter Lee Ryder on his personal Twitter account, that the key trio would remain sidelined.

Yedlin, 23, picked up a thigh injury during the victory over Huddersfield at the start of the month, and had initially been ruled out for up to two weeks.

Therefore, he is likely to also sit out of the tie with Birmingham in a weeks’ time.

Midfielder Hayden, meanwhile, has proven to be an important part of the Newcastle first team, and his absence in the middle of the park has been felt in recent weeks.

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The 21-year-old is out with an ankle injury, and has not featured for the club since the narrow 1-0 win over Derby on February 4.

Rolando Aarons, who has featured just five times this season, is a more long-term injury concern, but Newcastle will be boosted by the return of fit-again duo Christian Atsu and Dwight Gayle.

The pair were named on the bench for their recent goalless draw with Reading, but are likely to return to the starting eleven to face Fulham.

In other Newcastle team news, this is how the Magpies are expected to line up on Saturday.

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