Triple injury blow for Newcastle ahead of Man United game

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez will be without three key Newcastle United players at Old Trafford.

Benitez today revealed that captain Jamaal Lascelles will miss tomorrow evening's match against Manchester United along with Christian Atsu and Mikel Merino.

Paul Dummett, sidelined since the first weekend of the season, is edging closer to a comeback from his hamstring problem.

"Dummet's training with the team and getting closer," said Benitez.

"Merino's training with one member of staff in Spain, and will come back and start training hopefully without pain.

"Lascelles and Atsu are injured and won't be involved this weekend. It depends on each one (how long they will be out).

"Atsu's a couple of weeks at least and Jamaal ... next week we'll see also how he feels. He'll be closer next week.

"The players who will play instead of them will do well, but to lose two or three players is bad news.

"Hopefully, we can cope with it, though it's bad news."