Newcastle United face a stern test away to Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday evening, and they will be without a quartet of players, according to BBC Sport.

The Magpies head to London in need of a result, as much for their confidence, as their quest to come away from the relegation zone in the top flight.

Rafael Benitez’s charges were held to a 1-1 draw by Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup last week, and face a replay at Ewood Park on Tuesday evening, but before then they will be looking for a boost to their Premier League position.

Newcastle lost 2-1 to Chelsea at St James’ Park earlier in the season, but will be hoping to take advantage of the Blues being in action in the Carabao Cup semi-final in midweek.

The Magpies are going to be without a number of big players for the match however, through both injury and one ineligibility.

Kenedy is up against his parent club in this contest, so Newcastle are going to miss his services for the clash, while Jonjo Shelvey, Paul Dummett and Karl Darlow for the encounter.

That trio sit out the match through injury, although the latter was only likely to be on the substitutes’ bench, so he may not be as big a loss as the other two.

It is not all doom and gloom for the Magpies however, as they have Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark fit again after they have sat out recent matches.

Newcastle are expected to be tested defensively at Stamford Bridge, so the return of the Argentine and the Irishman certainly come at a good time for Benitez.

The Magpies are likely to look to contain Chelsea for as long as possible and hit them on the break, and so it will be interesting to see if they can come away from the capital with any sort of result.


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