Could Newcastle United use Rolando Aarons in their next match?

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle United are set to take on Southampton at St. Mary's in their next match after the international break.

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has suggested to the Chronicle that both Matt Ritchie and Christian Atsu are struggling for fitness, ahead of his side’s match against Southampton in two Sundays' time.

The wing pair are both nursing knocks, and while they are yet to be ruled out, they are both facing a race against time to be back fit in time to play against the Saints.

If Ritchie and Atsu do miss out it will present Benitez with a selection dilemma.

Newcastle player Matt Ritchie celebrates his goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Preston North End at St James' Park on April 24, 2017 in Newcastle upon...

Ritchie and Atsu have been Newcastle’s first choice wing pairing this season, with the former’s creativity and the latter’s pace coming to the fore.

But, if they are unavailable, Benitez will have to consider what his next best option is - and it may be that Rolando Aarons could come back into contention.

Aarons has had a miserable time with injury in recent seasons, but he remains a hugely exciting talent.

Rolando Aarons of Newcastle United during a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City and Newcastle United at Northern Commercials Stadium on July 26, 2017 in Bradford, England.

Blessed with skill, pace and a wonderful crossing ability, Aarons could be a real wildcard for Newcastle and catch Southampton off guard.

And it may be that this is the chance that Aarons has been waiting for for a long time now. It’s just up to him to seize it.

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