Newcastle winger Rolando Aarons reportedly won't play until next season.
The Magpies are in a desperate situation in the relegation zone, and Saturday's crushing 3-2 defeat to Norwich City means they now lie six points adrift of safety.
Manager Benitez has yet to claim his first win as Newcastle boss, and a point against Norwich actually would've helped massively, but the late defeat now gives them a real mountain to climb.
One of the more intriguing selections from manager Benitez on Saturday was that Papiss Cisse started in attack rather than Aleksandar Mitrovic - and a new report appears to shed light on why.
The Mirror claim that Benitez wants to use more experienced players in his side, hence Cisse over 21-year-old Mitrovic, and Steven Taylor over Jamaal Lascelles.
Benitez allegedly believes that those veteran players will give him the best chance of surviving relegation, and it also means that winger Rolando Aarons won't be featuring.
The report claims that Benitez has told winger Aarons that, whilst he is in the long-term plans at St. James' Park, he won't be playing before the end of the season due to his lack of experience.
The 20-year-old winger, who has also appeared at left back, has great potential but has suffered a number of injury problems, and will seemingly be given this time to gear up for next season, with Benitez putting experience over youth in the fight against relegation.
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