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Swansea v Newcastle: Bad news for Rafa Benitez & Chancel Mbemba

Swansea v Newcastle

Swansea take on Newcastle on Sunday at the Liberty Stadium.

Paul Clement’s side are 13th in the Premier League with a win, a draw and a defeat in their opening three matches of the season.

Newcastle are one place below their opponents in 14th spot. The Magpies beat West Ham 3-0 last time out.

Bad news for Chancel Mbemba

Newcastle will be without defender Chancel Mbemba for the Swansea game.

And, in truth, Newcastle look set to be without 23-year-old Mbemba for several more weeks too.

That’s after the defender picked up an injury playing for DR Congo against Tunisia in the recent international break.

Mbemba, who scored in the World Cup qualifier, is now set for a month on the sidelines with an adductor injury.

Mbemba has been playing at left-back for the Toon with Paul Dummett sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Other team news

While Newcastle have been knocked back by the Mbemnba news, two defenders should return to action this weekend.

Rafa Benitez is likely to recall Florian Lejeune and DeAndre Yedlin for Sunday’s game against Swansea.

Yedlin hasn’t featured yet this season in the Premier League after he suffered a hamstring injury in pre-season.

As for summer signing Lejeune, he hurt his ankle in the club’s season-opening defeat to Tottenham.

As for Swansea, they’ll be without Kyle Bartley, Nathan Dyer and Sung-Yueng Ki this weekend. There are also doubts over Leon Britton and Jordan Ayew.

Swansea fans will also be excited to see Renato Sanches make his debut following his loan move from Bayern Munich in the transfer window.

Wilfried Bony could also make his first appearance for the Swans in his second stint at the club, following his move from Man City.

Swansea lost two of their best players from last season in the summer: Fernando Llorente joined Tottenham and Gyfli Sigurdsson moved to Everton.