Rafa Gets Injury Boost For Cardiff City Game

Rafa has had a triple injury boost after Lazaar and Gamez returned to fitness and were named on the bench for the 2-1 win at Deepdale last Saturday.

Apparently both new signings had an extra training session at Deepdale after the game in an effort to improve their fitness.

Both players have made only two appearances each so far for Newcastle this season  and are being put through their paces by Benitez for future action.

And finally Sadio Haidara is fully fit again.

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Massadio Haidara – finally returning from injury

They will put pressure on the full backs at Newcastle, and especially on Paul Dummett at left back.

Massadio Haidara is coming back from his injuries after being out for a year in what has been an injury strewn time for him on Tyneside since he signed for the Magpies from Nancy in January, 2013 for £2M.

But whether any of these players will get a start on Saturday against Cardiff City is a good question.

Rafa was asked about the three players today:

“Lazaar, Gamez and Haidara were training.” “It’s good and it’s more competition and more options for the next game.”

“We have the international break after, and we will see how many players go and how many players are available.”

We are also assuming that striker Dwight Gayle has fully recovered from his hamstring problems that kept him out of the team for the 2-1 win at Preston North End on Saturday.

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored 4 goals and looked great against Preston in the last two games and it will be interesting to see whether Mitro or Gayle will start up front on Saturday against Cardiff.

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10 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 3, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #1


    It’s not as if Sissoko’s glaring limitations weren’t exposed week after week in the PL.

  • martoon

    Nov 3, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #2

    I’d be surprised if Rafa risks starting Gayle with Mitro in such good form. Gayles game is based on runs and acceleration – not the best when recovering from a hamstring injury, Keep him on the bench just in case but give his hamstrings a few more weeks recovery time in the international break.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 3, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    Don’t think any of them will start. I wonder if Lazaar was bought in view of him being our PL left back and we’re just breaking him in. Love to know Rafas thinking. We need a top LB and have done since Enrique was sold, if he is planning on buying one then one or two of Lazaar, Dummet or Haidara will need to be moved on.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 3, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Was it not just precaution that kept him out last week, apparently Gayle was raring to play.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 3, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5


    I think Haidara brings a lot of energy but little else.

  • martoon

    Nov 3, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Jail – from the little I’ve seen of Lazaar he has never looked quite up to speed. It could well be problems with injuries and settling in a foreign country but I certainly would not start him yet!

  • martoon

    Nov 3, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail @4 – You could well be right – I was just thinking how dodgy hamstrings can be especially because of Gayles type of game – a bit of a poser for Rafa bingo 🙂

  • beermonkey

    Nov 3, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #8

    given that i have watched sissoko like most of us
    i am amazed we got 30mill for him
    we pulled levy’s pants down and spanked his bum while nicking 30mill from his wallet

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 3, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #9

    Well Lazaar has talent on the ball way beyond any of our other options at LB, but in his start in the EFL Cup it was said he shirked a few challenges, I imagine Rafa is preparing him behind the scenes to better face the rough and tumble that can sometimes be English football.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if his minor injury was a result of some training ground instruction to go a little harder on him in an attempt to toughen him up.

    Dummett though improved, can never become a slick, agile LB, but is it easier to teach somebody to be more courageous, as is needed in Lazaar’s case? Time will tell.

  • BeeGuy

    Nov 3, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #10

    I hope Haidara can remain healthy and get some playing time. I think he has a good cross and shoots low and powerful. What we need to see is if he has an ability to play the ball out of the back without just lumping it forward.


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