Newcastle fans annihilate Benitez for decision in loss v Bournemouth

Ebony Scott
November 6, 2017

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has admitted that his side's last-gasp defeat at home to Bournemouth is hard to take.

Stemming from The Chronicle, Benitez looks set to be without the impressive Spaniard Mikel Merino for their clash against Bournemouth on Saturday with a back injury.

He continued, stating: "He is training with the U23's at the academy".

He knows what the situation is and we will continue working with the players we have available now.

However, Hayden is fit enough to start against Bournemouth at St James's Park this afternoon.

And the midfielder - who saw a specialist this week - isn't expected to be back for the November 18 game against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

'We couldn't manage to move any more players out at the end of the transfer window and you can't train as well with as many players around in the same position, I didn't want that'.

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For all Benitez is confident he has cover, Merino's absence against the Cherries will come as a blow with the Spain under-21 global, having made an impressive start to his career on Tyneside.

"We know he's not available and we have to start treatment".

"It could be a couple of weeks, or it could be a little bit more, but at least a couple of weeks".

'We have the global break now and we have enough players in that position, we have Chancel Mbemba who can even play in midfield, ' he added.

"We'll have to wait to see how his lower back is".

Arsenal icon Paul Merson has revealed he was "disappointed" with Newcastle's defeat to Burnley on Monday night, but still expects Rafael Benitez's side to beat Bournemouth this weekend. Just one game should not change you mood or your plans or everything you've been preparing.

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