Newcastle suffer early setback as title run-in begins in earnest

Our Newcastle fans here in the Transfer Tavern are feeling confident about the title run-in this season even if their lead is as slender as it gets.

The Magpies are going well at the moment at the top of the league but they know they cannot afford any slip-ups between now and the end of the year.

The likes of Brighton and Huddersfield are going to be all too keen to try and reel the Magpies in between now and the end of the season with the run-in now uninterrupted after the last international break has just passed.

Rafa Benitez will be looking for his squad to perform well, then, but it appears that has been dealt any early blow with Chronicle Live revealing both Daryl Murphy and Ciaran Clark are ruled out for their games against Wigan and Burton respectively.

The Magpies should have the squad depth, of course, but they’d still like the pair to be fit and with a few more injuries things could get serious for the club.

Thoughts, Newcastle fans? Let us know below!

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