Rafa Benitez gives Chancel Mbemba update ahead of Newcastle's season-opener against Fulham
The defender missed Newcastle United’s final pre-season friendly on Saturday.
Mbemba was ruled out of the game, which Benitez’s side won 3-2, after twisting his ankle in training.
And United manager Benitez said: “He twisted his ankle in the training session. It’s nothing serious, but he couldn’t be here.”
Grant Hanley, signed from Blackburn Rovers last month for £5.5million, started in place of Mbemba.
Hanley partnered Jamaal Lascelles, set to be named club captain for the coming season, in the heart of Benitez’s defence.