Rafa Benitez is preparing himself to leave out two key players from his side when Newcastle United meet Arsenal on Saturday.
The pair had travelled to the United States of America for the international break with their respective nations and Benitez is aware of the effects the long-haul journey can have on his players.
The manager also revealed the duo would be turning up later than the rest of the squad and admits it could be a difficult decision to make, although it could be necessary.
“This period is quite difficult,” he told the Shields Gazette.
“(Christian) Atsu is back now and was training on Tuesday, and then on Wednesday we have a couple more problems, but DeAndre and Rondon will come late. It will be difficult for us, because sometimes they come to us and they say ‘I’m fine’. But they can be tired. Rondon plays in Miami.
“It’s important for us to keep the communication with their medical staff and make the right decision about who plays. Some players are training now and are feeling confident. The others? Who knows?”
Benitez will want to have his strongest side available when they host Arsenal at St. James’ Park on Saturday and you would have to feel that Rondon and Yedlin would be two of the names on the teamsheet.
However, the Spaniard is an experienced manager and will know what effects international football can have on the fitness of players, especially with long-haul travel an element.
The Magpies will be looking to get their first win of the Premier League season against Unai Emery’s side, although it looks as though they may have to do it without Rondon and Yedlin from the very beginning.
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