Rafa Benitez is getting some decent players back from injury and two who returned and played on Sunday against Sunderland were Chancel Mbemba and Papiss Cisse – so that was good to see and we thought Chancel in particular looked good at the back for Newcastle.
Two other players who are now fit and training with the first team squad are fringe players Gabby Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux, and Rafa seems to have been pleased they are back in training with good attitudes and working hard.
Gabby Obertan – fit again
Rafa was asked in the Chronicle today if the two of them have some part to play for Newcastle through the end of the season:
“Yes, for sure, they are working hard. They are listening to us and trying to do what we are asking them. I think you can see the commitment from everybody.”
“We can’t complain about anybody because they are working hard and they are ready. And even when they have little things going on they are ready to train and impress.”
“We’ll see how the other strikers are. Obviously, he’s training and it’s good news for us.”
Both Gabby and Sylvain are expected to leave Newcastle when their contracts run out at the end of June, but there´s no reason why they cannot help Newcastle stay in the Premier League.
In particular, when Obertan is on form he can be a very good winger who can set up chances – so we are not too surprised that Rafa says the two of them can still play a part and help Newcastle.
Papiss Cisse being fit comes at a very good time for Newcastle and Papiss himself seems very keen to help Newcastle – so we need to see Papiss somewhere near his best and he could get a good few goals for us in the final eight games.
That´s what we need – goals to win games.
Two other players we hope will be fit for the game at Norwich are captain Fabricio Coloccini and left-back Sadio Haidara – and both could possibly start that game.
It will be good to get these players back – and now the challenge will be to keep them fit.