Benitez Has Plenty Of Experience Of International Breaks – But No Control

After the 4 day break in southern Spain, Rafa Benitez seemed pleased with what the squad had achieved, and it ended up with a 1-1 draw against Royal Antwerp yesterday in a game which lasted 135 minutes at the Pinitar Arena.

The International break has started, and Newcastle have DeAndre Yedlin (USA), Chancel Mbemba (Democratic Republic of Congo), Mikel Merino (Spain U21s) Matt Ritchie (Scotland), Martin Dubravka (Slovakia), Islam Slimani (Algeria), and Christian Atsu (Ghana) on International duty.

Our goalkeeper Dubravka is playing in Thailand with Slovakia, so he’s going to earn some frequent flyer points in the next week or so – it’s a 12,000 round-trip – all for some (meaningless) friendly games.

Martin Dubravka – 12,000 round trip to Thailand for a friendly game

Like all club managers during the International breaks, Rafa Benitez will be holding his breath hoping none of our players are injured.

This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today:

“It’s the worst thing for us because you have to keep an eye all the time, checking everyone, and then after every game see if they are fine or played or didn’t play.”

“When they’ve finished it’s still if they will come back in time or will come back tired.”

“Again I will say we have some experience on that. We cannot change anything. We are aware of everything, and that’s it.”

“You need to talk with the medical staff or coaches, you can try, but some of them are so far away that it’s impossible to have any control.”

We just have to hope that none of our players gets injured.

The good news is that we have a relatively clean bill of health at the moment.

But Karl Darlow picked up a slight injury during the camp and Rob Elliot didn’t go because of a back problem – hopefully, they will be OK by March 31st when we play Huddersfield Town.

And Islam Slimani is being nursed back to fitness with every caution being taken; so we hope he’s fit for the Huddersfield game.

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5 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 19, 2018 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Just our luck if Dubravka gets injured.

  • c-dog

    Mar 19, 2018 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Slimani should be fined heavily if he plays for Algeria in these friendlies

  • Tenbytoon

    Mar 19, 2018 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #3


    If he’s on his way back to fitness, then surely some minutes in friendlies wouldn’t be the worst idea, as long as they don’t play him for 90 mins in both games and crock him, surely 45 mins in both games, even one game could help the cause.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 19, 2018 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Re-post from previous

    Is Oldgit1 Steve Wraith?

    And wasn’t Steve Wraith connected to wor Mandy somehow?

  • lesh

    Mar 19, 2018 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #5


    Withoot evin luckin at ya Geordie-English dikshinry, ahd say its flord. We Geordies divvint say ‘gunna’, it’s genrilly said as ‘ganna’ n that’s just fa startas

    The Mayweather bit’s got to the Chronic from the Star, now owned by Trinity Mirror which owns the Chronic.

    And could it have been inspired by Bullshit Bishop who’d be keen to bring another/ the other bidder in to compete with PCP?


    Speaking of Ashley, could he have been the mystery very fat track-suited guy who was chatting to the players? He might have been committed to the Club but wrongly portrayed as uninterested, a Howard Hughes type who kept a very low and very private media profile.

    Jista thawt.



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