Benitez ponders more changes for Stoke clash
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez will assess some of his squad before naming his team to face Stoke City on New Year's Day.
Benitez will assess the bumps and bruises picked up during Saturday's disappointing 0-0 home draw with Brighton and is hoping he will have no further absentees.
Keeper Rob Elliot (thigh), full-back Jesus Gamez (ankle), central defender Florian Lejeune (foot) and striker Aleksandar Mitrovic (back) all missed out against Chris Hughton's men, a game for which the Spaniard made seven changes.
Provisional squad: Darlow, Woodman,Yedlin, Manquillo, Mbemba, Dummett, Haidara, Lascelles, Clark, Merino, Hayden, Shelvey, Saivet, Ritchie, Atsu, Murphy, Aarons, Diame, Perez, Joselu, Gayle.
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