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Rafael Benitez denies fight with Jamaal Lascelles

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 18: Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Newcastle United at Cardiff City Stadium on August 18, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
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The Newcastle United manager has said the player was absent during the weekend during an ankle problem and not because of an argument

Newcastle United coach Rafael Benitez has denied any argument with captain Jamaal Lascelles.

The Spanish manager says the footballer’s absence from the match against Chelsea was because the player has an ankle problem.

“The doctor is better than me, we’re waiting for results of a scan for Jamaal,” Benitez told the media as reported by Sportskeeda.

“He came to support the team, I spoke to him before and after the game and three or four times this morning.”

“His partner is expecting a baby but everything is fine. I don’t know how long he’ll be out for,” he explained.