Benitez Gives Interesting Update On Gayle Hamstring Injury

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.

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4 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 20, 2017 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Yeah Villa were very good in the first thirty, as were our back four. Clark and Lascelles are tremendously strong in the air, unplayable really, and Clark in particular is having a great season. It’s to be enjoyed though, because they will almost certainly find it harder against nippier, more gifted attackers should we go up. Colback was also very good, which is not a surprise given it was his third start since his absence and we can expect to see that from him game in game out for the rest of the campaign.

  • Blofal

    Feb 20, 2017 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Commentators were saying how we were hardly creating anything in the first half – totally ignoring the fact that Villa were pressing hard and parking the bus.

    These are the games we would have lost before Rafa came in but now we usually somehow find a way to win. And that is how you win silverware.

    We tough it out when teams are pressing and playing defensive – then if we can break through that and score with our quality we bring on players like Atsu and try and hit them on the counter. Basic football tactics and they work. And if teams choose to attack us then we can use that space to attack right back and watch a brilliant game. It won’t always be pretty but winning is the priority. Good game lads.

  • manxpie

    Feb 20, 2017 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Hopefully Jimmy on Clark tho he’s pretty quick himself actually surely the surprise of the season in fact must be a candidate for player of the season, we obviously nicked their best player!
    Amazing how things change only a few weeks ago mitro couldn’t run control a ball or have any kind of link up play by some on here he was just a wasteful talentless thug! Lol

  • sparky55

    Feb 20, 2017 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #4

    We couldn’t string two passes together in the first 30 mins and if we can’t handle a high press in the championship then we’ll be in big trouble next year.

    We we’re proper sh!te in the first half and not sure what happened in the 2nd half to open it up but we were in turtle control in that 2nd half.

    In summary I would suggest that was a workmanlike performance that puts that fear of god in me for next year because we’ll not win many games in the Premiership playing that that.

    I would say we only have 3 premiership ready players in our squad today…so that’s means a massive investment during the summer which I’m not sure Ashley is prepared to make.

    Good result…but I’m worried about next year.


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