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Former Newcastle boss Benitez named Dalian Yifang manager

Rafael Benitez is heading to China after the former Newcastle manager announced he had joined Dalian Yifang. Credit: PA

Rafael Benitez is heading to China after the former Newcastle manager announced he had joined Dalian Yifang.

The Spaniard's Newcastle contract ended on Sunday, with Benitez saying he and the club's hierarchy had been unable to find a shared vision for the future.

The 59-year-old is unsurprisingly back in work already, posting on social media on Tuesday that he has joined Chinese Super League side Dalian.

In a short video, the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss shared the messaged "welcome Rafa Benitez" with the caption: "New Challenge, New Chapter".

He then added: "After a long path, we start a new challenge. I am happy to begin this project with Dalian Yifang."

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Newcastle's Almiron to miss the rest of the season

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Newcastle schemer Miguel Almiron is facing a race against time to be fit for this summer's Copa America after being ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.

The 25-year-old Paraguay international left the pitch in tears during the second half of Saturday evening's 3-1 Premier League victory over Southampton, suggesting the extent of the damage was significant, and the Magpies confirmed he will not figure in the final three games of the campaign on Wednesday morning.

A statement issued on the club's official website, www.nufc.co.uk, said: "Miguel Almiron will miss the rest of the season after suffering a hamstring injury in Saturday's 3-1 win over Southampton.

"The 25-year-old was withdrawn in the 64th minute against the Saints and, having been assessed by the club's medical staff, it has been confirmed that he will not be fit for the Magpies' final three matches of the campaign.

"The club have already been in communication with - and will continue to liaise with - the Paraguayan Football Association ahead of this summer's Copa America, which the player could still feature in depending on his recovery."

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Newcastle's Lejeune ruled out for remainder of the season with knee injury

Newcastle defender Florian Lejeune has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury against Crystal Palace. Credit: PA

Newcastle defender Florian Lejeune has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Lejeune was carried off on a stretcher in the second half of the 1-0 loss at St James' Park and the Magpies said in a statement on Monday the Frenchman had sustained a "significant" injury to his left knee.

The 27-year-old did not make his first appearance of the campaign until January after he injured his other knee during pre-season.

Newcastle said: "Lejeune has been ruled out for the remainder of the current season and further updates on his recovery will be provided in due course."

Schar urges Newcastle to build on run and secure Premier League safety

Fabian Schar has urged Newcastle to maintain their momentum to ease across the finishing line in the race for Premier League survival. Credit: PA

Fabian Schar has urged Newcastle to maintain their momentum to ease across the finishing line in the race for Premier League survival as soon as possible.

The Magpies won in the league for the fourth successive home game on Tuesday evening when they beat Burnley 2-0, three days after Huddersfield had succumbed by the same score at St James' Park.

Those victories had eased the club seven points clear of the relegation zone by the time the final whistle sounded, and while there was satisfaction on Tyneside, minds quickly turned to Saturday's trip to West Ham and the prospect of more.

Schar said: "We knew before how massive the two home games would be, especially playing against two teams more or less in the same position in the table.

"We wanted to get the points and we have shown in the last few weeks that we can perform. I am happy about that.

"Hopefully we can keep working like this and we have another game this week, so we are looking for more points."

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