After the 2-0 win tonight against Aston Villa Rafa Benitez gave an update on the hamstring injury that Dwight Gayle picked up and Rafa said the striker didn’t look comfortable early in the game.
Maybe it will not be as bad as when he first picked up the injury just over five weeks ago at Brentford, but he must be fully fit before he plays again.
Dwight Gayle goes off after 33 minutes – Rafa Benitez looks concerned
This is what Rafa said after the game as reported in the Chronicle:
“I was disappointed because he was doing really well in the training sessions.”
“Last week his partner had a baby and there were some nights when he was not sleeping well.”
“He didn’t train on some days. It’s difficult to say but when you put everything together he wasn’t comfortable at the beginning.”
“We had to make the substitution.” “Hopefully it will not be serious, but maybe he will miss some games.” “It is more or less the same problem. We will see.”
“There are good teams and good players.” “It’s quite difficult to play against good teams each week.”
“In the first half we did not play at the level we expect.” “You have to give credit to them.”
“But as soon as we scored and then the second one, the game was more open and we had more control.”
“We passed the ball better and we were more dangerous.”
“We said before that every game in the Championship is quite difficult.”
Hopefully Gayle was taken off before he sustained too much damage to his hamstring.