Newcastle United news: Why Ritchie is 'fuming', Benitez's intriguing admission

Matt Ritchie
Matt Ritchie

Rafa Benitez will speak to the media today ahead of Newcastle United's home game against Cardiff City.

The club is looking to maintain its position at the top of the Premier League.

United manager Benitez will hold his pre-match media call at 1pm.

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And for news and updates from Newcastle's training ground, go to our live blog here.

Benitez is sweating on the fitness of Dwight Gayle ahead of the Cardiff game, and he has made an interesting admission on the possibility of the club's leading scorer starting a game alongside Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Matt Ritchie will miss the fixture through suspension.

The "fuming" winger has spoken about his one-game ban.

Finally, goalkeeper Karl Darlow has been talking about his bruising – and winning – return to the club's starting XI.