Rafael Benitez provides fitness update on Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles

Newcastle goalscorer Jamaal Lascelles celebrates on the final whistle during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Newcastle United at Liberty Stadium on September 10, 2017 in...

Jamaal Lascelles was limping badly during Newcastle United's last match in the FA Cup.

Rafael Benitez the head coach

Rafael Benitez has told the Shields Gazette that Newcastle United defender Jamaal Lascelles’ injury does not seem serious.

Lascelles picked up a knock in Newcastle’s last match against Blackburn Rovers, which left him hobbling badly.

The Magpies defender tried to play through the pain, but ultimately had to be taken off.


But Benitez does not expect that Newcastle will be without their captain for too long.

“Jamaal, it seems, was feeling his hamstring,” he said.

“We will see. It seems that it was not very serious, but he couldn’t carry on. In a couple of days we will have a better idea. At the moment, it’s too early.”

Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring his sides first goal   during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Burnley at St. James Park on January 31,...

Newcastle will certainly hope that Lascelles is not sidelined for long, as they need everyone fit right now.

Newcastle are struggling badly in the Premier League, and currently sit in 18th place in the standings.

The Magpies did make it through in the FA Cup though, as they beat Blackburn 4-2 in extra time.

Newcastle’s next match comes against Cardiff City at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle celebrates after scoring the first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Leeds United at St James' Park on April 14, 2017 in...

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