Newcastle's Mikel Merino WILL be fit to face Watford

Mikel Merino will be fit to face Watford tomorrow.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 24th November 2017, 12:46 pm
Updated Wednesday, 6th December 2017, 11:48 am
Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

The midfielder has missed Newcastle United's last three games with a back problem.

However, Merino returned to training this week and Rafa Benitez today revealed that the 21-year-old had proved his fitness in time to line up against Watford at St James's Park.

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United manager Benitez said: "Merino has been training. He's available and in the squad."

Jamaal Lascelles (ankle), Christian Atsu (thigh) and Paul Dummett (hamstring) remain sidelined.