NEWCASTLE UNITED are set to be without Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey and Yoshinoi Muto for tomorrow’s Premier League home game with Bournemouth.

Shelvey and Muto both sustained calf injuries in last weekend’s 1-0 win over Watford, and neither player been able to train this week.

Lascelles has taken part in some light training, but his shoulder injury has not completely healed and he is unlikely to be risked tomorrow.

As a result, Fabain Schar is set to partner Federico Fernandez at the heart of the back four, with Ki Sung-yueng and Ayoze Perez starting further upfield.

Rafael Benitez said: “The other two- Muto and Shelvey – were not training. Jamaal has had a training session, but it will be difficult for him to play tomorrow. Maybe all three will be out.”

Newcastle claimed their first win of the season last weekend, but while the success against Watford lifted his side out of the bottom three, Benitez admits it will count for little if the Magpies do not build on it against Bournemouth.

He said: “You can feel the difference on the training pitch and in the city. It’s important. We said before the confidence is higher but it’s just one step forward. We have to keep doing the right things.

“Bournemouth is a good team, well organised. It will not be easy to play expansive football because they are quite compact.

“When you are not doing well and not winning games, it is more difficult to play the way you want to play. As soon as you make a couple of mistakes, you worry about making another one. We encourage them to keep trying things. Maybe with the confidence they have now, it can help when we have the ball.”

Elias Sorensen has joined in first-team training this week, but while the Danish teenager has been in impressive goalscoring form for Newcastle’s Under-23s this season, he is unlikely to feature in the first-team squad on a match-day in the immediate future.

Benitez said: “He’s fine. We are lucky to have some young players coming sometimes to help the first team. He did well. He has energy and movement.

“We are just talking about a couple of training sessions, but you could see the lad has the effort and desire to play in the first team it depends on him. The players have to knock on the door by what they do on the pitch.”