It looks like taking off young DeAndre Yedlin after 75 minutes on Saturday was a good move by Rafa Benitez and the 23 year-old American will likely be fit for tomorrow’s night’s test against Norwich City at home.
Norwich are now top of the league on 20 points from 9 games – 4 points more than Newcastle have.
And that’s one area that’s showing a vast improvement this season – the injury situation – since we only have long term injured player Rob Elliot along with Rolando Aarons with a broken foot and Spanish full-back Jesus Gamez struggling with a slight thigh injury.
DeAndre Yedlin in action on Saturday
DeAndre was our Man of the Match for the game against Aston Villa on Saturday with 50% of the vote and it will be good news indeed if he is fit tomorrow – he’s been training today so all looked well.
This is what Rafa said in his press conference about the injury situation and he then once again stressed the team can improve in all areas:
“More or less, we have the same situation that we had before the Aston Villa game,” “Jack Colback is training, he is fine. Yedlin left the pitch on Saturday, but I think he will be fine.”
“Yedlin’s doing well in the training sessions, as are the majority of them, and he’s working hard. We knew about his potential, but it’s still too soon, too early, to praise him too much.”
“I think he has to keep working hard. He has a very good mentality and he has to keep playing at the level he played at the other day, and to keep improving if he can.”
“We have room for improvement. In attack, we have to take our chances; in the middle, we have to control the ball and the game a bit better; in defence, we have to defend better,”
“The tactics, the substitutions, everything – we can improve.” “It’s a question of doing things in the right way, and we will be better.”
That seems to be Rafa’s mantra – to impress on his players all the time that there is big room for improvement.
It would be just the right time to get an outstanding performance from Newcastle tomorrow night at home and against the league leaders.
The two week International break comes after the weekend when we play at Rotherham United so two wins would be just what the doctor ordered.
Howay The Lads!!