Rafa Benitez has just completed his press conference for the important game at home tomorrow against Bristol City – one we should win and have to win to keep on track for promotion in May.
If we can win this game it will be six wins and two draws in the last eight league games and we then face Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading away in a short 8 days starting this Tuesday night.
Those are currently the 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams in the Championship – well would you believe it!
The very good news from Rafa is that Dwight Gable will not be out for four weeks it will be less than that and he says the tests on him have come back positive and he’s doing well.
Rafa Benitez at his press conference
The other good news is that our only other injured player apart from Gayle is Rolando Aarons and he is not back in training.
Rafa’s comments are now being reported on the Newcastle United Twitter account and on Chronicle Live.
Here are some of Rafa’s comments:
“No timescale on Gayle but he’s doing well. It won’t be too long. Tests have been positive.”
“We have done tests and everything is fine – it will be less than 4 weeks – w have to treat him and make sure he will be comfortable.”
“He’s not training but on the tests we have had they are quite positive.” “It’s a question of his confidence.”
“To lose your top scorer is not ideal – you miss something.” “But when Mitrovic or Murphy have played, they have done really well.”
“There are a lot of games and a lot of points to play for and we have to carry on.”
“I am confident that the team is doing well and has the right mentality, and I hope they can show this on the pitch tomorrow.”
“In these games it is not about how good you are on paper – it is about how good you are on the pitch.”
“If we do well in the next 4 games it’s a massive advantage.” “If we can’t do what we want, we are still in a good position.”
We had hoped last Monday that Dwight had come off as a precaution and that he hadn’t further damaged the hamstring – it now looks like that could be true – so that’s terrific news from the manager.
A huge 90% think we can win this game tomorrow – so it will be huge let-down is we don’t win this game.