Rafa Benitez gave his press conference at 1:00 pm this afternoon for the game at Leeds United on Sunday and he said he expects it will be a tough game and it’s now available on nufcTV.
It was a fairly wide-ranging set of questions he fielded from the local press today.
Rafa addressed the distressing injury Rolando Aarons picked up on Wednesday in training and Rafa said he was disappointed for the 21 year-old, because it was his first full training session back from his broken foot and he had been working very hard.
Rafa Benitez – very disappointed for Rolando Aarons
But it turns out that of the 27 players Rafa has in the first team squad, Ronaldo is the only one not fit and not available for the Leeds game.
So it really is amazing the way Rafa and his staff have significantly cut down on the number of injuries we have picked up this season.
Unfortunately for Ronaldo he will not play again this season and there’s some question as to when he will be back.
Maybe he could be out around 12 months like Tim Krul – but we hope he comes back sooner than that for his sake.
Rafa also talked about the transfer window in January as well as about Aarons bad luck.
This is some of what he said:
“I was really disappointed because of the injury to Rolando.” “It was the first full training session with the group, he was doing well, and it was a kick to his knee. It is really bad luck.”
“In the transfer window it always generates difficulties.”
“But we are doing our job trying to find the right players.” “We have a good squad of 26 players available now, so the reality is we don’t need too many.”
“What we have to do is to be sure we sign the players in the positions that we need and use the players that we have, because they are quite good.”
It’s anybody’s guess what team Rafa will choose for Elland Road, especially when we don’t see the training sessions and how the players are performing.
But we’ll come out with our best guess of the starting line-up tomorrow – once we’ve thought about it a little bit – we have guessed the team correctly only once this season so far.
We need a win and the fans seem quite confident of that outcome with 60% thinking we can win this game.
That would be fantastic.
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