Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez provides fitness update on Mohamed Diame

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Newcastle United midfielder Mohamed Diame could well miss out on playing against Manchester City.

Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez during the Newcastle United Training Session at the Newcastle United Training Centre on January 23, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Rafael Benitez has told the Chronicle that Newcastle United will be lucky to have Mohamed Diame available in midweek.

Newcastle are set to take on Manchester City on Tuesday, in what looks like a huge test for Rafael Benitez’s side.

And Newcastle’s challenge could be made even more difficult by Diame’s absence.


The central midfielder has been ruled out for weeks with injury, and although there were hopes that he would return to fitness soon, it seems as if he could remained sidelined for the time being.

“We have to be lucky if we have Diame,” Benitez admitted.

Mohamed Diame of Newcastle United (10)  runs with the ball during the Premier League Match between Southampton FC and Newcastle United at St.Mary's Stadium on October 27, 2018, in...

If Diame isn’t fit Newcastle may be forced to line up with Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff in central midfield again.

The Magpies team should at least be relatively fresh for the contest, as Benitez rung the changes in the FA Cup.

Benitez named a number of fringe players in Newcastle’s starting line-up at the weekend, and it proved costly, as his side lost to Watford.

Newcastle could sink into the relegation zone in midweek if they lose to Manchester City and other results go against them.

Mohammed Diame of Newcastle in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on September 15, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

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