The reason why Newcastle need Javi Manquillo ahead of Crystal Palace clash
The reason why Newcastle need Javi Manquillo ahead of Crystal Palace clash
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The reason why Newcastle need Javi Manquillo ahead of Crystal Palace clash

​Newcastle United fans have not been blessed with defender Javi Manquillo's presence since January 1, 2020, and its starting to prove detrimental to the squad.

Manquillo picked an injury in the New Year's Day fixture against Leicester City; one of four players to limp off the field that day.

Manager Steve Bruce has another tough fixture ahead in the form of Crystal Palace and is desperate to have a solid defence - hoping Manquillo will have returned to full fitness in order to stop one particular threat - Wilfried Zaha.

The 25-year-old is needed to neutralise Zaha which he has done a great job of in the past; most recently was before Christmas as Newcastle went on to secure a 1-0 victory.

However, it is still unknown if Manquillo will be available for selection on Saturday as there has been no word on his recovery or fitness for that matter.

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