Fulham v Newcastle United

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Scott Parker's first match since being put in permanent charge of Fulham could be counterpart Rafa Benitez's last game as Newcastle boss.

Scott Parker’s first match since being put in permanent charge of Fulham could be counterpart Rafa Benitez’s last game as Newcastle boss.

Parker was announced as the Cottagers’ new full-time coach on Friday after taking interim charge following the departure of Claudio Ranieri in February.

The ex-Fulham captain has overseen an improvement in performances and results in the past month and can now finally prepare for next season in the knowledge he will be the man in charge.

Benitez, however, is refusing to commit himself to another season at the St James’ Park helm until he has spoken to managing director Lee Charnley and there are increasing concerns on Tyneside that the popular Spaniard is preparing to walk out when his contract expires this summer.

South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-yueng has been ruled out of the Magpies’ squad because of a knee injury.

USA international full-back DeAndre Yedlin, who underwent groin surgery this week, is also absent.

Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron, Sean Longstaff and Florian Lejeune continue their rehabilitation from injuries.

Fulham have no fresh concerns as they look to finish their disappointing campaign with a home win.

Denis Odoi, who missed last week’s 1-0 defeat to Wolves because of concussion, is available to return.

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