Rafa Benitez delivered some good news on the Newcastle injury front today and it was better than the news reported late last night – especially about Vurnon Anita
Rafa says Vurnon has a problem with his ankle, but it could be six weeks – more or less.
And he also said the Dwight Gayle was much better than expected and that Mitrovic now seems OK and the Serbian has even been joking about playing tomorrow night.
Dwight Gayle – much better than expected
Isaac Hayden could play, but he will not be risked with his groin injury, but it now seems very slight.
Here’s what Rafa said today in his press conference on the Newcastle injuries:
“We had three problems, Isaac Hayden is doing well, hopefully not serious.”
“Vurnon Anita has a problem with his ankle could be six weeks, more or less.” “Dwight Gayle is much better than expected.”
“No timeframe, he (Dwight) will be assessed every game.” “It’s too early.” “Every day we will see how he is.”
“We will see with Gayle, we didn’t know.” “The player has already started the treatment and we will see how he gets on.”
“Hayden can play if we want to push, but we will not push him.”
“We can take the stitches out of Aleksandar Mitrovic’s knee, he is doing well and we will see how he is progressing.”
“He was joking about playing tomorrow, but we will have to wait.”
“To lose two strikers is not good for anyone, that’s not good for Newcastle United.”
“But signing a player like Daryl Murphy with experience of the Championship is paying dividends now.”
That’s a positive assessment on the injury front from the manager and it’s better news about Anita, although we’ll still have to wait and see.
But even if Anita is out for a full two months he will still be able to play in quite a few games for us at the end of the season.
From March 17th we have 9 Championship games still to play.
Better news from Rafa today.