Rafa Benitez has just completed his press conference for the Championship game against Aston Villa at St. James’ Park on Monday night and some disappointing news on Isaac Hayden, who has been ruled out for 4 weeks after having an ankle operation.
His ankle has been troubling him for some time now and it’s a chronic injury – so it’s good he had the surgery, but we will miss him in the side.
But the good news on the injury front is that Vurnon Anita has started to train again – so that’s very good.
Rafa Benitez at his press conference
Some of Rafa’s comments are now being reported on the Newcastle United Twitter account and on Chronicle Live.
Here are some of Rafa’s comments in no particular order:
“We have a lot of players coming back.’ “Gayle has been training and Anita has been training today, so we have more or less everybody fit.”
“Some people think if you spend money you will do well.” “For me it has proved how difficult the Championship is.”
“It’s easier for a team who has been in the top six last season in the Championship than a team that just came down.”
“We are talking about a club (Villa) that has done well in their history.” “They have good players and an experienced manager.”
“I know Arsene very well. He’s a great manager and great person. He will do well because he has experience.”
Here’s Lee Ryder’s tweet on the news about Isaac Hayden.
INJURY NEWS: Isaac Hayden ruled out for 4 weeks after an ankle operation. Hayden had played through pain barrier in recent weeks. #nufc
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) February 17, 2017