Rafa Benitez was positive as usual in his press conference today for the 4th round FA Cup tie at Oxford United tomorrow afternoon and the manager had some good news on the injury front.
Only Rolando Aarons, Vurnon Anita and Dwight Gayle are players still out injured with both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Jesus Games returning to training this week.
Dwight should be back in a week or two, Vurnon is out about another five weeks and Rolando may not be back until very late this season.
Rafa Benitez – during press conference
But Rafa still wants at least two players brought in during the next four days – a playmaker and a winger – while the transfer window is still open and he didn’t exactly rule out Townsend coming back either.
This is some of what Rafa said today at his 1:00 pm press conference:
“We have to balance if possible.” “There is still some days and there is no news. I am still confident.”
“I am happy with the squad, but you cannot control injuries.” “It is always important because we are so close, we have to be ready.”
“You know I like Andros but at the moment no news.”
“We are happy with the squad. We have to try to find something that gives more balance.”
“As a manager you always want to improve.” “You know that I like Andros but at the moment no news.”
“I’m still quite positive and happy with the squad and confident we can do something.”
The spirits in the squad are said to be high before the lads travel to Oxford and all Rafa is asking for is two good players to fortify the squad before our final push for promotion.
That’s not asking too much – is it?