With the games coming thick and fast before the next long and boring two week International break due to start after the weekend of Saturday 5th November, Rafa will be giving his press conference later today for the game tomorrow night at Oakwell against Barnsley.
Newcastle will have an enormous 6,000 traveling fans attending that game – unbelievable.
Newcastle had Chancel Mbemba, Daryl Murphy and Matt Ritchie miss the game through injury and illness on Saturday and it looks like Matt could be fit for tomorrow night with Murphy having only an outside chance for the game.
Daryl Murphy – could start the game against former club Ipswich?
Matt had a virus and the doctor ruled him out of the game on Saturday, although Matt was keen to play.
Jamaal Lascelles was replaced by Grant Hanley after 60 minutes against Brentford after taking a knock, but he will be in contention for a starting place against Barnsley.
This is how Benitez responded when asked if any injuries were picked up in Saturday’s game:
“We had Lascelles as a knock.” “We had to take him off because he felt weak but nothing else.”
“Before the game we had Mbemba and Ritchie, who had a problem with the virus.”
“Ritchie was pushing me all the time – he wanted to play but we had a conversation with the doctor, and he said he couldn’t play.”
“But Ritchie was pushing me to play, which is a good sign.”
“Daryl Murphy is nearly there and this week he will be fine, although I’m not sure if he’ll be ready for Tuesday.”
Chancel Mbemba had a slight leg injury which kept him out of the game and we’re not sure what his status will be for tomorrow night.
It looks like Daryl Murphy’s calf injury is almost healed after he picked that up while on International duty with the Republic of Ireland.
Daryl could be fit to make his Championship debut for Newcastle against his old club Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park, but he is not expected to travel to Oakwell tomorrow.
Our injury situation seems to have improved dramatically this season and we have very few injuries with even goalkeeper Rob Elliot now back in full training.
What do you think?