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Rafa Benitez set to rule injured trio out of Newcastle's visit to Chelsea

Jamaal Lascelles
Jamaal Lascelles

Rafa Benitez expects to be without three key Newcastle United players against Chelsea.

Jamaal Lascelles (ankle), Christian Atsu (thigh) and Paul Dummett (hamstring) are out of tonight's Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

And United manager Benitez doesn't expect the trio to be fit for Saturday's game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Asked for an injury update, Benitez said: "Each one is different.

"Dummett's training, but still he needs to have the confidence that he can sprint at 100% and all these things, so still a little time.

"Atsu is still recovering, but still a couple of weeks. We'll see how he's going on with his recovery.

"Jamaal, I have been talking with. He can run, but still he needs to manage it a little bit when he has to turn.

"How long? Not for this game. Chelsea? Very difficult for all three."