Rafa Benitez loses Newcastle midfielder AND defender to injury ahead of Blackburn game

Jack Colback
Jack Colback

Rafa Benitez has lost two Newcastle United players to injury ahead of tomorrow's home game against Blackburn Rovers.

Benitez today revealed that midfielder Jack Colback has a problem with his eye.

And defender Grant Hanley, signed from Blackburn in the summer, is struggling with a shin problem ahead of the Championship fixture.

United manager Benitez said: "“We have Colback with some problems with his eye so he will not be available, and Hanley is also out because of a problem with his shin. Everyone else is fine and available."

Otherwise, the only absentee is winger Rolando Aarons, who is in Italy after undergoing surgery on a ruptured cruciate ligament.

“We have some problems with the injuries," added Benitez.

"Rolando – that is the bad news, but the good news is that the operation has gone well. He is in Italy at the moment, so I am talking to him and making sure he practices his Italian."

Newcastle are looking to record a 10th successive win in all competitions against third-bottom Blackburn.