Rafa Benitez loses key Newcastle player to illness

Ayoze Perez has been ruled out of Newcastle United's home game against Birmingham City.

Friday, 9th December 2016, 1:06 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 12:38 pm
Ayoze Perez

The forward is unavailable for the Championship fixture after missing training today through illness.

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United manager Benitez said: "Ayoze has a fever and was not able to train."

Midfielder Jack Colback (eye) and defender Grant Hanley (shin) remain sidelined.

Otherwise, Benitez reported no fresh injury concerns from last Friday night's 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground at his pre-match media call.