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Newcastle boss Benitez explains Murphy axe for Bournemouth draw

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez admits Jacob Murphy was squeezed out for their 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.

However, Benitez has insisted he will get his chance again soon.

When asked why Murphy had missed out, he said: “We had to decide about wingers, defenders, strikers. The good thing is that we don't have too many injuries so someone had to stay out.

“He (Murphy) was doing well, and I told him that I was disappointed he couldn't be in the squad, but you have to make these decisions.

“We have Christian Atsu as a winger, so it is just a decision because of the number of players we can have in the squad."

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