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Benitez: Shelvey miss cost Newcastle three points against Bournemouth

Benitez: Shelvey miss cost Newcastle three points against Bournemouth

Newcastle United have drawn 2-2 away at Bournemouth.

The result saw Newcastle drop down to 15th in the Premier League.

Newcastle could realistically overtake 10th-placed Bournemouth this weekend should they win by two or more goals at the Vitality Stadium and possibly put some clear daylight between themselves and the bottom three, with trips to Liverpool and Tottenham on the horizon.

"Almost everybody is available apart from Jesus Gamez, and Slimani had a set-back the other day, so he will not be available", Benitez told reporters ahead of Newcastle's league trip to Bournemouth on Saturday.

Newcastle boosted their survival hopes with a 1-0 home win over Manchester United last time out.

It took 10 minutes for either goalkeeper to be forced into a save as Martin Dubravka, coming off an impressive debut against Jose Mourinho's men, sprung to his left to parry Callum Wilson's effort on the turn.

Steve Cook scored a 92nd-minute victor in Bournemouth's 1-0 win at Newcastle in November.

Newcastle are three points behind Bournemouth in 13th spot.

Jermain Defoe is expected to miss out once more with an ankle injury.

Dan Gosling is in contention to face his former club.

Slimani, signed on loan from Leicester City until the end of the season, broke down in training this week after appearing to have recovered from his thigh injury.

Jesus Gamez is a long-term absentee with an ankle injury.

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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