For one of the few times at Newcastle under Rafa Benitez there was some turbulence behind the scenes with the news that Rafa and Jamaal Lascelles had some disagreement on the training field over a week ago.
It seems that probably happened but it’s been reported way out of proportion.
There was also said to be a disagreement between Matt Ritchie and Jamaal in training.
Oh well – nobody’s perfect.
Everything seems to be back to normal again with only Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey out injured and not available for the trip to Manchester City today.
PR photo – everything is back to normal now
In fact, Rafa has gone out of his way to say that Jamaal continues to be an example to other players in training and how he generally conducts himself.
This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Chronicle today:
“He has been training in the last two days and he has been very positive.”
“He is trying to be an example to everyone in the way that he trains and the way he does everything.”
“I think he has been quite positive after the injury problem and all of the things that other people wanted to talk about this week.”
“He is professional and you have to compete.”
“I like to see players compete in every training session. That is positive.”
“His reaction has been fine and as soon as the scan on his ankle revealed he was OK he has just carried on.”
it’s going to be a tough game this afternoon with Newcastle likely to get heavy criticism before the game – once again.
A defeat at the Etihad today could see us in the bottom three over the International break.
It would be great if we can take something out of this game.
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