Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez offers update on Siem De Jong's future

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez with Siem De Jong

De Jong's future at Newcastle appears to be uncertain.

Newcastle United manager Rafa BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has offered an uncertain update surrounding the future of midfielder Siem De Jong.

De Jong has missed the opening two games of Newcastle's Championship campaign, and looks set to miss this week's home clash with Reading as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.

When Benitez was asked about the future of De Jong, his response seemed to be less than emphatic.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez with Siem De JongNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez with Siem De Jong

He is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “It depends. I was talking with him (on Friday morning). The first thing is to see if he can be fit. I have no doubt about his quality.

“He’s a player that can help a lot in some games because of his quality and experience. But at the same time, he’s like some other players. We have a lot of players at the moment.

“I want to be sure we have enough, but not too many.”

Newcastle United's Siem De Jong shoots at goalNewcastle United's Siem De Jong shoots at goal

It seems that Benitez doesn't want his squad to be too big, though he wants enough resources to cope with the demands of a long and trying season that involves many games in what seems to be something of a balancing act. 

As a result, the 27-year-old's future looks to be hanging in the balance. If Benitez has 'no doubt' about his quality then one would think if he was fit on a regular basis then he would be able to find a role for him in the side with the minimum of fuss.

His injury record is something that could give anyone cause for concern but given the side have struggled in the final third in the opening two games of their campaign, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Benitez take a closer look at him on the training field during the final stages of his recovery. 

Newcastle United manager Rafa BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

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