Rafael Benitez has denied a training ground row with Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles.The centre-back watched Newcastle’s 2-1 Premier League loss at home to Chelsea on Sunday from the stands at St James’ Park.Reports suggested Lascelles and Benitez argued in training about the Spaniard’s tactical plans, though the club said the player was absent at the weekend due to an ankle problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Benitez was widely criticised for a negative approach against Chelsea, despite Maurizio Sarri’s side needing a controversial penalty and a DeAndre Yedlin own goal to triumph.”The doctor is better than me, we’re waiting for results of a scan for Jamaal,” Benitez told the media when questioned over Lascelles’ possible return.”He came to support the team, I spoke to him before and after the game and three or four times this morning.”His partner is expecting a baby but everything is fine. I don’t know how long he’ll be out for.”RB: “Manquillo, Jamaal and Shelvey still have the same problems. Ritchie has a knock in his knee, so that could be another problem.” #NUFC pic.twitter.com/yRz6EJE3Rs— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 28, 2018Lascelles will miss a potential reunion with former club Nottingham Forest on Wednesday in the EFL Cup due to his injury.Jonjo Shelvey, Javier Manquillo, Florian Lejeune and Matt Ritchie have also been ruled out of Wednesday’s tie at the City Ground. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.