Double blow for Newcastle United ahead of Arsenal clash

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Rafa Benitez is preparing himself to leave out two key players from his side when Newcastle United meet Arsenal on Saturday.

According to a report by the Shields Gazette, the Spaniard is ready to omit Salomon Rondon and DeAndre Yedlin from his starting XI.

The pair had travelled to the United States of America for the international break with their respective nations and Benitez is aware of the effects the long-haul journey can have on his players.

The manager also revealed the duo would be turning up later than the rest of the squad and admits it could be a difficult decision to make, although it could be necessary.

“This period is quite difficult,” he told the Shields Gazette.

“(Christian) Atsu is back now and was training on Tuesday, and then on Wednesday we have a couple more problems, but DeAndre and Rondon will come late. It will be difficult for us, because sometimes they come to us and they say ‘I’m fine’. But they can be tired. Rondon plays in Miami.

“It’s important for us to keep the communication with their medical staff and make the right decision about who plays. Some players are training now and are feeling confident. The others? Who knows?”

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