Benitez: Kenedy will learn from dismal display for Newcastle

Kenedy impressed for Newcastle last season © Simon Galloway/PA Wire

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has backed Kenedy to learn from a miserable trip to Cardiff last weekend.

The 22-year-old Brazilian, on loan from Chelsea – who play the Magpies on Sunday – was fortunate not to be sent off during the 0-0 draw last Saturday and then, after turning in a poor individual display, missed an injury-time penalty which would have won the game for Bentiez’s side.

Benitez said: “In terms of his quality, he’s very confident, so we were talking about that and the decisions he was making in the game, and it’s something that’s important for a young player to understand, to learn and then to move forward.

“He’s fine now, he’s been training well. It’s been a bad experience, but a good experience in the end.”

Benitez has also revealed that his full-back concerns had eased for the game at St James’ Park, with DeAndre Yedlin having recovered from the knee problem which kept him out of the Cardiff game, while Javier Manquillo’s calf injury is not as serious as was first feared.

Kenedy, who returned to Newcastle earlier this summer after impressing while on loan with them last season, is ineligible to play against Chelsea on Sunday.