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Benitez Press Conference Comments – Injury Update

2:23 pm, Friday, March 18th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

The news from Rafa Benitez’ press conference this afternoon is that Coloccini has not trained this week so he’s still out with that calf problem he picked up in the warm-down after the Lillestrom game and Colo didn’t even play in the game.

Steven Taylor is also not training today – so he may have picked up some knock, but Rafa believes he will probably be OK for the Sunday derby game against Sunderland.

The good news is that Chancel Mbemba is fit and back to full training today and he may play on Sunday after being out over six weeks after being injured at Everton.

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Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

Here are some of the initial comments from Rafa’s press conference, which took place at 1:00 pm today, one hour earlier than usual.”

“Hopefully the fans will help because normally Newcastle at home do well. If we have everything going well we can score goals.”

“We had a normal week with a day off, then organised a double session to prepare tactically for the Tyne-Wear derby.”

“Chancel Mbemba has trained, Fabricio Coloccini has not. Steven Taylor will be okay.”

“I am sure if we win this game, you will see a really positive reaction from the team and they will believe .”

“We know every game between now and the end of the season is important, but especially this one.”

“We know the Tyne-Wear derby is big for the city and the fans. We have to enjoy the derby and we have to give everything to win”

“I enjoy derbies a lot if we win. Mbemba was training, Colo we have to wait and see tomorrow. Taylor ‘may be alright’ too.”

“We can win and we can change the number of games lost in a row”

“It’s fine – Allardyce is a professional and I am a professional This game is about the players and the fans’.”

So those are some of the initial comments coming out of today’s press conference – and Rafa’s so right – once our lads can get a win their confidence will simply soar.

It’s very important we win this game on Sunday – and yes – that’s a huge understatement.

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 StevoNorthShields // Mar 18, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Roughly translated “I have hyppo head and he hates me!”
    Get him told Rafa son

  • 2 StevoNorthShields // Mar 18, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Hate hyppo head that should be

  • 3 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 18, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    Mbemba and Lascelles could be good together, however before his injury Mbemba was starting to look like Titus Shambles. Immaculate for the most part, but then inexplicable brain farts that cost us dearly on more than one occasion.

    I see Mr Tuff (Ponce would be a better alias) was doing his perpetually outraged routine a few threads back I see. Trying to cast others in a bad light being the paragon of virtue that he is. Got roundly called out for his nonsense, even by ally JfA!

  • 4 Jib // Mar 18, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    I’ve got to say I have no problem with Niall Quinn .

  • 5 Mag52 // Mar 18, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    Don’t imagine we’ll see Colo playing in the derby match. He’s managed to miss a few in the past. Taylor though will do his damnedest to be out there.

  • 6 Bambams // Mar 18, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Coincidence that Colo and Taylor are injured.

    I genuinely believe the nucleus of a CB partnership could be Mbemba and Lascelles.

  • 7 shaun83 // Mar 18, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Fancy us to win but damn nervous! Anyone know mackems confidence levels/polls etc? Not seen them play lately

  • 8 KevinLee // Mar 18, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Don’t know why still have people think Lascelles better than Colo? Recently few game already proven Lascelles’s ability




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