Newcastle will be without winger Kenedy for the weekend clash with Chelsea.
The Brazilian is ineligible to face his parent club due to the terms of his loan deal between the two clubs.
That will make for some frustration on Kenedy’s part, after he missed a last-gasp penalty against Cardiff on Saturday.
It was an afternoon to forget for the 22-year-old, who wasn’t his usual dangerous self in Wales.
It’s been a sluggish start by the youngster, who really should have at least one goal to his name after two games.
He won’t get any minutes against Chelsea and so Rafa Benitez has some thinking to do in training this week.
Here are some potential replacements for the ineligible Kenedy…
The Ghanaian was named on the bench for the game against Cardiff and is probably the favourite to replace Kenedy.
The 26-year-old offers width and searing pace, and could be the man to give Victor Moses a headache.
The £10 million signing from Norwich City has not really set the world alight in Newcastle colours just yet.
He could be in line for a chance at Stamford Bridge though, with left wing being his natural position unlike right-back where he had to fill in against Cardiff.
The Spaniard has come on leaps and bounds in recent months at St. James’ Park.
Benitez could deploy Perez wide left since he has the versatility to operate there.
That could in-turn see summer signing Salomon Rondon come in as the central striker; something some Magpies fans are keen to see.
Another option available to Benitez is £9.5 million summer signing Yoshinori Muto.
The Japan international is primarily a central striker, but is able to operate anywhere across a three-pronged attack.
Muto showed himself to be a willing channel-runner against Cardiff and could well do a job against Chelsea.