Newcastle's Mikel Merino WILL be fit to face Watford

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Mikel Merino will be fit to face Watford tomorrow.

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.

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.