Rafa Leaves Striker Decision To Last Minute

Rafa Leaves Striker Decision To Last Minute

DeAndre Yedlin is out of Newcastle’s trip to Cardiff City and boss Rafa Benitez isn’t giving any clues away over who starts up front. Yedlin – who suffered a knee injury in the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham last weekend – will not be making the journey south with the rest of the Magpies squad on Friday.

But the US international defender could return against Chelsea at St James’s Park on August 26.

Benitez said: “I think it (the Cardiff game) is too soon. He will stay here. He will need some time to get back to his level.”

The manager was coy when asked about who will start in attack for him at the Cardiff City Stadium, admitting it was a “quite difficult” decision between Joselu, who scored against Spurs last weekend, and Salomon Rondon, who hit the crossbar after coming on as a substitute.

“When a striker is scoring a goal, the other one’s coming on and pushing,” he continued.

“Normally, what I do is wait and make the decision at the end, so nobody knows, everybody on their toes and it’s good for the team.”

Benitez did suggest that Magpies fans will get to see Ki Sung-Yueng and Federico Fernandez before Fabian Schar or Yoshinori Muto are spotted in a black and white shirt.

“The new signings were training well, and we will see (if they will play) tomorrow,” he added.

“I am happy with them.

“The new signings have settled in well but some of them who don’t know the Premier League such as Schar and Muto might need a bit of time (to get fully up to speed) but Rondon, Ki and Fernandez already know it well.”

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