Rafa – We Have No Injury Problems For Tomorrow’s Game


Rafa had some good news in his press conference this afternoon for the tough game at Leicester tomorrow.

While Slimani is not available our other big striker Joselu seems to have recovered from his injury and is more or less fit, according to Rafa.

And we can get 3 points closer to our target of 40 points with a win tomorrow – and that’s all Rafa is concentrating on – nothing more.

And 38 points will probably be enough points to be safe this season – if truth be told.

Rafa Benitez – at a previous press conference

Here’s what Rafa has said today:

“We don’t have any injury problems. Slimani obviously can’t play, Joselu has recovered so he’s nearly fully fit, so more or less everyone is available.”

“We have to keep working, keep winning. The target is still 40 points. We will get 40 and try to get more but 40 is the focus.”

“My future? It’s about 40 points. We don’t have to talk about anything else.”

“Now is the time to concentrate on winning this game. It would be massive for me, for the supporters, the club and the staff.”

One of the areas that Rafa has fixed rather quickly are the injuries – and for as long as we can remember Newcastle had more injuries than any other club in the Premier League.

That’s all changed under Rafa – for the better.

It is a tough game tomorrow and only about 30% of our fans think we can do it – but 3 points would be a crucial win and probably means we will be safe in the league this season.

Howay The Lads!!

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3 comments so far

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 6, 2018 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Slow down Ed, missed the bus!!
    When we went through our bad patch, critics were screaming that a good manager should be able to coach inexperienced players into becoming PL standard, as if it was as simple as waving a magic wand.
    They’ve gone very quiet. This season was always about survival when it kicked off, with Rafa not getting the money he asked for, but he’s enhanced his reputation even more because that’s exactly what he’s succeeded in doing.
    Improving players is easier if you already have a core of regular PL players and you’re introducing a couple at a time, but Rafa’s turned a team that won the Championship into a team now comfortable against well established PL teams. How many so called top managers could have done that? They just buy players already at the top of their game for silly money and drop them into a team already full of superstars.
    I read somewhere some Spurs fan who lives up here saying how much Pochetino could improve Lascelles. If Rafa had Spurs’ players at his disposal, you can almost guarantee he would’ve won something by now. And they call us delusional.
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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 6, 2018 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Ron, how many of us would be breathing a huge sigh of relief at that news, just a couple of months ago? Not many I reckon.
    Further proof of what a tremendous coach we’ve got. If ever there was a Championship player turned into a PL colossus, Diame is the example. Unreal transformation.

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