At the moment Newcastle are in 13th place in the Physioroom.com Injury Table for the Premier League.
Usually, over at least the last 10 years, we have been top of the league and usually have a massive number of injuries during each season.
But since Rafa arrived and made some immediate changes last year the number of injuries have dropped dramatically.
The four injured players out at the moment are Christian Atsu, Paul Dummett, Jamaal Lascelles and Mikel Merino.
Paul is now back in training and the other three injuries are not long term.
Rafa Benitez – brought down the number of injuries significantly
One of the major improvements Rafa made was to install 4G technology for the artificial pitches replacing the very old and outdated 3G technology and that seems to have made a big difference.
But there is a report out on the website Sick Notes, which is getting some publicity and has Newcastle as the most injury prone Premier League club over the last three seasons.
They say Newcastle are the unluckiest club in the Premier League as far as picking up injuries.
We are top of their league with the most days missed with injuries with 5172 and 1367 individual injuries.
Everton are second with 4,283 days missed and 132 injuries.
But the results include players like Curtis Good and Steven Taylor who are very injury prone and Steven has now left us.
West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez pips Curtis Good in having missed the most days of any player in the last three Premier League seasons.
He has 549 days, but he suffered a terrible anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) damage, foot, groin and ankle injuries.
Sick Notes brings money into the equation and say Jay’s injuries have cost £2,820,479.
But as far as Newcastle are concerned we seem to have fixed that problem – another Rafa Benitez achievement which has been given very little publicity.
Another way in which Rafa is transforming the club.
Note – Sick Notes has kindly informed me they used the last two seasons Newcastle were in the Premier league for the report – in case you were wondering about that.