Newcastle United would be forgiven if they were continually looking over their shoulder at the bottom of the Premier League as fans will know that they are far from safe at the moment. However, The Magpies have been in good form recently and there will be a confidence that Rafa Benitez can continue his fine work with the squad.
A trip to Bournemouth awaits the Toon Army on Saturday with the Geordies knowing that three points could be huge in their fight for survival, as it could potentially open up a nine-point gap between them and the final relegation spot. However, they will have been rocked by their latest injury news.
What’s the News?
According to the club’s official website, both Jamaal Lascelles and Fabian Schar have been ruled out for the long trip to the south coast this weekend.
The captain had to be withdrawn at half-time during Newcastle’s excellent comeback win against Everton last weekend, whilst the Switzerland international picked up his tenth yellow card in the match – meaning he will now be unavailable for their next two Premier League matches.
The news that both Schar and Lascelles are unavailable for the important clash against Bournemouth will have come as a huge blow to their chances of acquiring all three points on Saturday.
The duo have been rocks in the middle of the defence recently and have played a significant role in helping them to build some momentum to try and get away from the relegation zone.
The Swiss defender has not only been important at the back though, as he has managed to score a number of goals this season as well, including a worldie against Burnley a couple of weeks ago.
However, with the pair absent, Federico Fernandez could come back into the side after he struggled to break back into the team following a spell on the sidelines because of the form the aforementioned duo were producing.
A win against Bournemouth could certainly ease the pressure on Newcastle and go along way in securing their status as a Premier League side for another season.
Newcastle fans, how big of a double blow will the absence of Lascelles and Schar be? Do you feel confident about heading to the south coast and picking up all three points? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.