Newcastle injury news: Slimani’s expected return date and more
Newcastle are four points and five places clear of the Premier League relegation zone so should just able be safe in the top flight next season.
Rafa Benitez has overcome a lack of investment in the squad that got the club out of the Championship to mould an organised, counter-attacking side that should finish outside the bottom three.
Nevertheless, the Spaniard still can’t afford to let his players slacken off with the survival fight so tightly contested right now.
Ideally, Benitez would have a full compliment of players available between now and the end of the season but he is not currently being afforded that luxury.
January signing Islam Slimani is the biggest name currently on the sidelines and he is yet to feature since coming to the club from Leicester on deadline day to boost the Magpies’ firepower.
With help from Premier Injuries, we’ve looked at the latest injury news at St James’ Park…