Jamaal had to wait to make it back into the Newcastle, starting eleven after being injured.
And Jonjo Shelvey is still being kept out of the starting lineup by the impressive Ki Sung-yueng who has played 108 times for South Korea and captained them in this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
One of the things Rafa prioritizes is that the team comes first before any individuals.
And you can see that by the excellent team spirit of the players this season.
Rafa says Jamaal and Jonjo are professionals and they know what they have to do to get back into the side.
Jonjo Shelvey and Jamaal Lascelles – no negative reaction
Rafa talked yesterday about Newcastle’s two stars Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey.
Rafa was asked if there was any reaction for the two top players:
“No they (Lascelles and Shelvey) are professionals and they understood that the team was doing well.”
“They know they have to wait and keep pushing to get back in the team.”
“I think they understand that a team that was winning and in the position they were needed support behind the scenes and they were doing that.”
“Darlow will start training again this week.”
The injury update is encouraging in that Kenedy is available for the game against Wolves tomorrow, and Dummett may also be available if he comes through training OK today.
Goalkeeper Karl Darlow will come back into the squad for our next game at Huddersfield on 15th December.
We play at Huddersfield next Saturday and at home to Fulham the following Saturday – if we can win both those game we will be riding high before Christmas.
To vote for Rafa for Manager of the Month go here and scroll to the very bottom of the page past the shortlist of the nominees where there is a table of the nominees and click on Rafa.
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