Newcastle United host Manchester United on Sunday in the 27th round of the Premier League fixtures, and the Magpies will be looking to pick up at least a point in order to boost their survival chances.
With only 25 points to their name thus far, the 16th-placed side could fall into the relegation zone if results don’t go their way at the end of the matchday.
Manager Rafa Benitez has been handed a massive boost ahead of the crucial Red Devils’ visit, though, as the trio of Kenedy, Islam Slimani and Martin Dubravka could all make it to the starting lineup together for the first time since their arrivals last month.
The Chelsea loanee has had to be withdrawn in both of his last 2 games, but could finally complete his first game against United after another week of training.
Slimani is set to make his bow for Newcastle having been given the medical all-clear following his return to full fitness after the thigh injury he picked up in training in the days before completing his loan move.
Dubravka was signed to help contribute to and start play from the back due to his ball-playing abilities, and when best to deploy different tactics than when a top team come to town?
15 more points from the 11 games left will all but guarantee Newcastle safety, and the signing of the aforementioned trio is expected to help contribute immensely to the mission.