NEWCASTLE UNITED will miss Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey and Yoshinoi Muto for tomorrow's Premier League home game against Bournemouth.
Shelvey and Muto suffered calf injuries in the 1-0 win over Watford last weekend. Neither player was able to train this week.
Lascelles has been training lightly but his shoulder injury is not completely healed and it is unlikely he will risk tomorrow.
That's why Fabain Schar is partner of Federico Fernandez in the heart of the last four, Ki Sung-yueng and Ayoze Perez continue in the field.
Rafael Benitez said: "The other two – Muto and Shelvey – did not train. Jamaal had a training session but it will be difficult for him to play tomorrow. Maybe all three of them will be out. "
Newcastle scored their first win of the season last weekend, but while their win against Watford took them out of their last three games, Benitez admits it matters little if the Magpies do not build on Bournemouth.
He said, "You can feel the difference on the training ground and in the city. It is important. We said before the confidence is higher, but it's just a step forward. We have to do the right things.
"Bournemouth is a good team, well organized. It will not be easy to play a big football as it is quite compact.
"If you're not feeling well and you do not win games, it's harder to play the way you want. As soon as you make a few mistakes, you worry about making another mistake. We encourage you to keep trying things out. Maybe with the confidence they have now, it can help if we have the ball. "
Elias Sorensen has been in training for the first team this week, although the Danish teenager was in impressive form for Newcastle's U23 this season, it is unlikely that he will play in a matchday in the team's first team future.
Benitez said, "He's fine. We are fortunate that some young players are coming to help the first team. He did it well. He has energy and movement.
"We're just talking about a few training sessions here, but you'd see that the guy has the effort and the desire to play in the first team he depends on. Players have to knock on the door what they are doing on the field. "