Newcastle United will be preparing for their match with Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night, however, Rafa Benitez will be without several key men for the League Cup tie.
Jamaal Lascelles is one of those set to miss the trip to the Championship outfit as he continues to struggle with an injury, despite claims that he and Benitez have had a rift recently.
The Spaniard has continued to deny the reports that he and his skipper had a training-ground disagreement and is in constant contact with him.
The Toon Army will also be without Javier Manquillo, Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie as the trio are all on the sidelines with their respective injuries.
Isaac Hayden will continue to serve his suspension and will miss the second of the three-game ban that has been handed to him following his red card against Cardiff City.
Benitez will be looking for his side to do a professional job when they head to the City Ground on Wednesday.
Aitor Karanka’s side will have enough about them to cause a potential League Cup shock and the Magpies will be looking to ensure they progress to the next stage.
The absences will certainly not help Benitez’s side, however, Newcastle should have enough quality about them to get a positive result and be in the hat for the next round.
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