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Rafa Press Conference – We Must Support Karl – Colo Back Next Week

12:48 pm, Friday, April 1st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

Rafa Benitez has just confirmed that Daryl Janmaat will be fit for tomorrow’s game and while Fabricio Coloccini will not make it for Carrow Road, he will be fit for the game at Southampton next Saturday.

Rafa has also stressed that Rob Elliot’s injury was bad news for both him and the club, and the club will be supporting Rob fully during his (long) recovery and it is now time for us all to support stand-in goalkeeper Karl Darlow, who has been training well this week.

rafa benitez press confence today

Rafa Benitez – giving his press conference today

Here are the initial comments coming in from some of the local journalists at Rafa’s press conference which started at 12:30 pm:

“Elliot’s injury is bad news for us and for Rob. He is very positive. We have to support him and hopefully he can come back asap”

“We have to support Karl Darlow. He is training well and has a lot of confidence and has played a lot of games in the Championship.” “We know he can do well.”

“We still have eight games to play and have to concentrate on one at a time.”

“Coloccini is not ready yet. We lost Haidara last week.  Janmaat and Cisse are coming back. Tiote is available too.”

“We’ll have to move someone there. We have another training session and we’ll decide at the last moment.”

“Norwich are organised. They have a lot of players who know their jobs. We have to work hard from the first minute to the last.”

It’s good that both Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote are fit to play again, and we have a feeling Rafa may even start Cheick Tiote alongside Jonjo Shelvey tomorrow – because of the Ivorian’s vast experience.

We think (hope) that Cheick will be inspired to play at his best for Benitez.

Comments welcome.

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mickybraham // Apr 1, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    tiote has to play for me. Our best DM on his day and if shelvey plays that role there’s more chance of him missing the next two games

  • 2 mickybraham // Apr 1, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Townsend—————–De long/gini—————–Gini/perez

  • 3 Average_Contents // Apr 1, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    My team. For what it’s worth.


    Janmaat Mbemba Lascelles Anita


    Shelvey Wiji

    De Jong

    Mitro Perez/Cisse

    Leave the shirker sissoko on the bench.

    Townsend and saviet could provide the personel incase a formation tweak is needed.

  • 4 The overrated Frenchman // Apr 1, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    I’d play Tiote as well. He’s our only proper DM. For me either Sissoko or Gini miss out on a start.

  • 5 stuart no9 // Apr 1, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Sorry to be negative but why should darlow fill any fan full of confidence .from what I’ve seen of him , he made so many mistakes v brom . He looked nervous and and his positioning was awful. Untill I see different , he’s not up to the job in hand

  • 6 Mag52 // Apr 1, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    A loss to us, to give us the double over them this season, would be a huge blow to Norwich in their fight to avoid relegation.
    How about another four for Gini ?

  • 7 The overrated Frenchman // Apr 1, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Be surprised if Townsend doesn’t start. More surprised if Perez does.

  • 8 Average_Contents // Apr 1, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    That’s meant to be a diamond midfield



    ——-De Jong——

  • 9 BeeGuy // Apr 1, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    If Tiote plays, Shelvey can get a bit more forward. IMHO that would really help the attack that is so dearly needed.

  • 10 Fostino // Apr 1, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Benetez philosophy is get quality on tbe pitch..line up as follows.


    Janmaat mbemba lascalles sissoko

    Townsand Jonjo tiote de jong wini


    Mitro..perez…arrons or Anita to come on.

  • 11 beermonkey // Apr 1, 2016 at 1:33 PM


    i think it will be 4231

    jannmat mbemba laschell anita
    shelvy gini
    townsend dejong sissoko

    i am not to fussed as i would rather savait or tiote as a proper holding mid in there
    my team i would have gini where sissoko is and bring in tiote or saviat and have townsend on the left

  • 12 posada // Apr 1, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    All this talk of Holding Midfielder, AM or DM is all nonsense as far as I am concerned.
    Midfield is midfield. You have to be able to attack and defend in equal measure.
    DM means he can’t play.
    AM means he’s lazy and does not know how to defend.
    Glad it’s Rafa picking the team.

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