Some Very Good News From Rafa On Our Three Injured Players

Some good news for Rafa Benitez’ news conference for the game tomorrow at Chelsea – all three injured players – Paul Dummett, Jamaal Lascelles, and Christian Atsu are all close to being fit.

That’s important because when they do return we will have no injuries and Rafa will have a full squad to choose from for the 7 games we have after the Chelsea game through January 1st – that’s 7 games in 22 days.


They are also important games for Newcastle coming up because by the time the January transfer window opens hopefully we will remain in mid-table or even higher?

From what Rafa says some could even have been available for tomorrow’s game at a push, but no need to take any chances.

Jamaal Lascelles – close to being fit again

Here’s some of what Rafa said in his press conference today:

“We have very good competition with strikers and I am pleased with it.”

“I like to rotate. It depends on your team and if they understand what they have to do.”

The normal fans in the street are fine. The rivalry is because of Liverpool and Chelsea.”

“We qualified for the Champions League and won the Europa League, the majority of them are fine.”

“After West Brom (on Tuesday night) there were a lot of positives and confidence is high.”

“It was a great way to show character and togetherness of the team.”

“I was talking to Atsu, Lascelles, and Dummett, and they are very close (to being fit).”

“But we didn’t take them for this game because the other players were doing well and it makes no sense to take any risks.”

As far as the injuries have been this season, there have not been too many, and we have been in the lower half of the Injury Table.

That’s a table that in previous seasons we were always at the very top right through the season.

So that’s good news and entirely due to the experience and skill of Rafa Benitez.

Here are the upcoming games for us – and there are some tough ones in there through the beginning of next year.

Date          Fixture                   KO time
Sat 2 Dec     Chelsea vs Newcastle      12:30
Sat 9 Dec     Newcastle vs Leicester    17:30
Wed 13 Dec    Newcastle vs Everton      19:45
Sat 16 Dec    Arsenal vs Newcastle      15:00
Sat 23 Dec    West Ham vs Newcastle     15:00
Wed 27 Dec    Newcastle vs Man City     19:45
Sat 30 Dec    Newcastle vs Brighton     15:00
Mon 1 Jan     Stoke vs Newcastle        15:00

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17 comments so far

  • posada

    Dec 1, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #1

    The more I see of Pep, Conte and Silva the more I think that Rafa is now a bit dated.
    It has to be 4/2/3/1.
    What makes that worse is the fact that we don’t particularly have the players to fit that system.
    We just say got away with it in the Championship.
    Although he was given a tactical lesson by the Fulham manager in our home game.
    By way of example we don’t have a player who can do the one up top role.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 1, 2017 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #2

    A good twanging tomorrow I think. In the region of 3 or 4 – nil to Chelsea.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 1, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #3

    What about your man Mikey’s three previous appointments.

  • hibbit

    Dec 1, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #4

    no mate
    if he gets picked and pulls that shirt on i’ll support him, nufc went out and bought. rafa picks so i’ll support him, we all know he’s not good enough but that’s how it is

    and before you throw mitro at me as i’v said many time before i think there’s a lot more to rafa not picking him then we are being told
    as jail says give me a 27 year old shola any day of the week but these are the cards rafa has been dealt

  • c-dog

    Dec 1, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #5

    I don’t think he’s dated. He’s was never of the level of Pep. Who is or actually ever was. Rafa and Mourinho are masters at getting results but Mourinho has a better record. Probably cause he’s more heavily backed transfer wise. Rafas transfer dealings have been very hit hit or very miss miss. But for a club at our level he’s unbelievable to have. Would you trust him with 100 million? I sure hope we find out the answer to that in reality.

  • c-dog

    Dec 1, 2017 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Won’t be the same without you hibbit lad.

  • hibbit

    Dec 1, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #7

    i like the lad bit LOL

  • hibbit

    Dec 1, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #8

    you seem confidant i’m leaving
    if i’m right about you know what will you shut up about you know who ……. deal

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #9

    I would think and most definitely hope that when new ownership kicks in a professional board will be appointed so we wouldn’t have to trust £100M to one person!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2017 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #10

    A board with members from outside the club that knows how to grow a branded

  • posada

    Dec 1, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Two of them have just got top jobs in the Prem at WBA.
    Walking along singing a song walking in the Pardew wonderland.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #12

    *branded = brand

  • hibbit

    Dec 1, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #13

    3 of our last 4 managers have just got jobs in the Prem

  • posada

    Dec 1, 2017 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Rafa and Mourinho have had excellent careers.
    You can’t say otherwise.
    But I think the really top managers have been top players.
    It’s about a vision they have of the game that you could not have unless you played at the top level.

  • posada

    Dec 1, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Yeh, we just need the tufted one to make a come back.

  • c-dog

    Dec 1, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Hibbit lad
    “you seem confidant i’m leaving
    if i’m right about you know what will you shut up about you know who ……. deal”

    Not sure if this was at me. But no idea what it means if it was. I’m disappointed you wouldn’t attend any party organized by myself, c-dog.

    On Josiére, I generally shut up about him pre match. Then try and support him. And start again 20/30 minutes into the match after watching him because he’s intolerable. The guy is robbing a living.

    On Rafa, mans class. Carries himself brilliantly under any circumstance and you can tell it’s an honor for him to be at our club as it is an honor for us to have him.

    @jib – honor

  • Moonraker15

    Dec 1, 2017 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #17

    You can’t compare Rafa with Pep and Mourinho as they’ve got huge budgets to buy top players. Rafa has never had that and has achieved huge success, notably in Spain where he broke the Real-Barca monopoly 2 years running!
    Also he’s a member of the exclusive club of CL winners and on a relatively low budget.
    We fans must get off his back and trust him! If anyone thinks we know better than Rafa, then we are seriously deluded.


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