Newcastle United news: Fresh injury blow, Benitez's derby verdict

Aleksandar Mitrovic
Aleksandar Mitrovic

The Tyne-Wear derby is today's big talking point.

Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic claimed a point from a 1-1 draw with a late equaliser against Sunderland yesterday.

And manager Rafa Benitez has been talking about the role he believes Mitrovic can play in the club's bid to stay in the Premier League.

Benitez has also revealed how he approached his half-time team talk at St James's Park given that the team was deservedly trailing Sam Allardyce's side.

You can read writer Miles Starforth's match analysis here.

Second-bottom United have lost Jack Colback to a two-game suspension, and a defender also suffered a knee injury.

Finally, we also have reaction from Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce.

Meanwhile, away from the derby, we have news of a legal case being brought against Newcastle by former winger Jonas Gutierrez.