Newcastle United news: Benitez faces media, Mbabu update

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Rafa Benitez will face the media before putting his players through their paces ahead of tomorrow's game against Southampton.

Newcastle United's manager will speak to journalists this afternoon ahead of final training session at the relegation-threatened club's Benton HQ.

Follow our our blog here for updates from Benite'z Press conference.

Before then, we have an update on the fitness of forgotten man Kevin Mbabu.

Karl Darlow will be in goal at the St Mary's Stadium.

And the 24-year-old has a message for his team-mates ahead of the Premier League game.

Newcastle are 19th in the division and six points adrift of safety after last weekend's 3-2 defeat to Norwich City.

Former United defender Steve Howey has given his verdict on the club's plight, while writer Miles Starforth feels there is still a faint glimmer of hope for Newcastle.

Finally, United legend Alan Shearer had a message for South Shields after the club last night won promotion to the Northern League Division One.