Rafa Benitez welcomes back defender for Newcastle's visit to Liverpool – but bad news on Fabricio Coloccini

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Kevin Mbabu is back in Newcastle United's squad for tomorrow's visit to Anfield – but Fabricio Coloccini is no closer to a return.

Defender Mbabu has featured for the first team since January.

But the 20-year-old has recovered from a thigh injury and will be in Rafa Benitez's squad for the Liverpool.

Fabricio Coloccini, however, remains sidelined at Newcastle with a calf problem.

And Coloccini's defensive colleague Daryl Janmaat is also unavailable because of the hand and groin injuries he suffered at Southampton earlier this month.

Benitez said: "Mbabu is in the squad, so we're bringing back some players.

"Colo and Janmaat, not yet.

"I've got a meeting planned with the doctor about them both, but neither are available on Saturday."

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