'Thank god', 'Absolutely huge' - Newcastle fans ecstatic with latest Benitez update
Newcastle United fans have turned to social media to voice their delight at news that centre back Jamaal Lascelles is available for the club’s clash with Leicester City on Saturday.
The club captain has been out of action since limping out of the 1-0 home defeat to Bournemouth before the last international break, and has missed each of the club’s last four games, having appeared in every one of their league games prior to his layoff.
RB: "Lascelles and Atsu are available. Dummett will play for the under-23s tonight." #NUFC
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) December 8, 2017
The Toon Army were understandably ecstatic with the update from the Spanish manager, after having seen their side pick up just one point from their last six games, as well as conceding 12 goals in each of the four games in which Lascelles has missed.
The fans took to Twitter to show how excited they were at the prospect of his return to action, with many noting just how much of an impact his absence has been to the side.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
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Thank God Lascelles is fit tomorrow. Don't think I've ever seen a side miss 1 player so badly! The defences literally fallen apart & the teams leaderless!
— Jonathan Anderson (@Jonnyanderson11) December 8, 2017
It's actually scary how much we've missed Lascelles. At least half the goals we've conceded since he limped off against Bournemouth simply wouldn't have happened if he was there #NUFC
— Joe (@Joeeeeeee_96) December 8, 2017
Good news. Am in the UK and it's my first live game this year. We've really missed them both, particularly Lascelles. Haway!
— Graham Megennis #FBPE (@GrahamMegennis) December 8, 2017
Lascelles being back is massive. Huge miss. Nice little return for Atsu as well. #NUFC
— Dan O'Sullivan (@DanOsull27) December 8, 2017
— Robbie McMullen (@RobbieMac90) December 8, 2017
For real, Lascelles being back Is absolutely HUGE for us. Easily been our most important player for us this season.
— Am Jack, mate (@JackNUFC_99) December 8, 2017
Can't wait for Lascelles to send Jamie Vardy back to the non leagues tomorrow https://t.co/W0ldffkxKx
— Skeems (@Skeems1) December 8, 2017
I’d get them both back in! Lascelles for sure and Atsu provides us with discipline to follow what Rafa wants from him! https://t.co/NCv49fgCaQ
— JJ Fletcher (@JJFletcher7) December 8, 2017
The Magpies come into Saturday’s clash against the Foxes off the back of a humbling 3-1 defeat to Chelsea, while Claude Puel’s side saw off Burnley in a 1-0 win in their last outing.
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