Rafa has just given his press conference for the tough game at the Emirates on Monday night – a game that will be televised live around the world.
The manager was again asked about his own contract situation but said things are the same and it’s still too early to talk.
Rafa Benitez speaking to the press
Fabian Scar has been checked out after suffering a concussion last weekend and Rafa says he’s fine.
But Fabian will not be available for the Arsenal game because of a two-game suspension for picking up 10 yellow cards.
This is some of what Rafa has said in his press conference today:
“The lads are fine. Always the international break is complicated because you can see players are tired, they have little niggles.”
“Longstaff is the only player who is injured. Schar has had a test this morning on his head because of his injury with Switzerland and he is fine.”
“He’s trained lightly. The rest should be fine”
“Atsu, Yedlin and Almiron only returned to training on Friday and there are some players with “knocks””
“With the game being a Monday we have extra time for players returning. It’s difficult to get players ready for a Saturday, so they should be fine.”
“Lascelles has been training and should be fine”