Injury Update – Initial Comments From Benitez Press Conference

Rafa Benitez has given his press conference at 12:45 pm today for the vital game at home to Crystal Palace tomorrow, the result of which could decide if Newcastle have any chance of avoiding relegation this season.

Rafa said as expected that both Coloccini and Janmaat are not available for the game tomorrow but that Kevin Mbabu and Steven Taylor are available – and we expect Mbabu to again be on the bench tomorrow.

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Rafa Benitez – gave his press conference at 12:45 pm today

And Rafa has indicated that Dutch right-back Daryl Janmaat could be back in contention to face Aston Villa next Saturday, but whether he will be able to dislodge Vurnon Anita remains to be seen.

Here are some of Rafa’s initial comments coming through from the local journalists present at the press conference:

“It’s more important to concentrate on our own team.” “Everybody knows what it’s like to be a final. You have to be careful.”

“With Colo I don’t think we have enough time. It will be difficult”

“Janmaat is close. I think we will see next week. He will have more confidence then.”

“Crystal Palace are more or less safe. They are doing well. ” They’re well organised. They’re a good team.”

“It’s not easy in their situation but for me they are safe.”

Most fans think we can win this game tomorrow.

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