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Rafael Benitez shares reason why DeAndre Yedlin missed Newcastle's draw at Reading

Newcastle's DeAndre Yedlin on the substitutes bench

DeAndre Yedlin has picked up a thigh injury, and missed Newcastle's 0-0 draw at Reading on Tuesday night.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez with DeAndre YedlinNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez with DeAndre Yedlin

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has told the Shields Gazette that right DeAndre Yedlin missed Tuesday's trip to Reading with a thigh injury.

The Magpies travelled down to the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening to take on Jaap Stam's play-off chasers, and were coming off a run of three wins in four games.

Benitez's men may have had 13 shots on goal, but had just 30% of possession as Reading dominated the ball, and settled for a 0-0 draw in Berkshire.

Brighton's win over Rotherham United means the gap at the top has been closed, but Magpies boss Benitez will be pleased to have picked up seven points from difficult games against Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading.

However, Benitez does have one major negative to contend with, as right back DeAndre Yedlin was left out of the squad completely for Tuesday's trip to Reading, with fans concerned about the defender.

The United States international, who joined the club from Tottenham Hotspur last summer, has been a regular in the Newcastle side this season with some impressive displays at right back.

Newcastle's DeAndre Yedlin on the substitutes benchNewcastle's DeAndre Yedlin on the substitutes bench

However, the 23-year-old now faces a spell on the sidelines, as manager Benitez confirmed to the Shields Gazette that Yedlin has a thigh problem – possibly a tear.

Benitez stated that Yedlin didn't even know he had an issue against Brighton, but he was protected with limited minutes against Huddersfield, and having complained before the Reading game, he was left out – and could miss two weeks.

“Yedlin didn’t realise he had the problem against Brighton,” said Benitez. “We protected him against Huddersfield, but he had to come on. But he was complaining, and you could see that maybe it would be one week or two weeks. He had a knock. Maybe has a small tear,” he added.

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