Jamaal Lascelles out of Newcastle's trip to Bournemouth
Last Updated: 15/03/19 2:54pm
Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles is out of Saturday's Premier League trip to Bournemouth with a knee injury.
Lascelles failed to re-appear after the break in last weekend's 3-2 fightback victory over Everton at St James' Park and joins goalkeeper Rob Elliot and midfielder Sean Longstaff on the sidelines, although fellow central defender Ciaran Clark is fit to resume.
Manager Rafael Benitez said: "We had Longstaff and Elliot, now we have Lascelles, who is still feeling a little bit his knee, so we will not take any risks. We'll wait two or three days to see how he reacts.
"But Clark is available, so we lose one, but at least we have another one."
Following the Magpies' excellent comeback against Everton on Saturday, Benitez's side have a six-point buffer above the relegation zone, but the Spaniard stressed that Premier League safety is not yet assured.
"You can see that the confidence is high, but again I have told them, we have to be careful.
"Still the job is not done, so we have to keep working hard, we need to approach every game like a final, and if we do that and we don't make the mistakes that we did against West Ham, we can compete against anyone."
"Belief is high, but it can be dangerous. We must make sure we approach every game with the right concentration."