Lascelles has recovered from a groin damage which compelled him off right through the primary part of the Three-1 FA Cup win over Luton remaining week in time for this afternoon’s a very powerful conflict at house to Swansea.
Benitez’s resolution at hand the 24-year-old the captaincy 18 months in the past has been vindicated with Lascelles proving an inspirational chief and articulate spokesman.
And the chief is in surely the previous Nottingham Forest teenager is no less than the equivalent of Michael Keane and Harry Maguire, either one of whom are tipped to be at the airplane to Russia in the summertime.
“For sure, he is in that group,” mentioned Benitez. “Jamaal has nice doable as a result of he is eager to be told in each coaching consultation.
“Has he a possibility for the World Cup? If he can enhance so much right through those months – and I’m positive he will proceed bettering – then you definately by no means know.
“He‘s now not within the squad but but when they have got a few issues, possibly he might be there.”
Swansea will arrive with supervisor Carlos Carvalhal unbeaten as a supervisor at St James’ Park, sealing 1-Zero wins there with Sheffield Wednesday in each 2015 and 2016.
He mentioned: “Newcastle is a pleasant atmosphere, it’s one I really like and I loved so much having the chance to take a staff there two occasions. I don’t assume it’s intimidating.
“It is a great flooring, however we will have to have a look at this recreation and this example as a possibility for the gamers to turn their skills, their high quality.
“We will have to now not see it as a danger or one thing unfavorable. It is the other. It is sure, this is a probability for us to take a look at and play soccer and battle for the 3 issues.”
Swansea are all-time low of the Premier League and 4 issues from protection.