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Rafa Gives Injury Update – Almiron Likely Out For The Season

Rafa Benitez has given an injury update on three Newcastle players who left the game yesterday in the second half – all becasue of injuries.

Miguel Almiron left in tears after it looks like he had pulled a hamstring and if that’s the case, it’s hard to see him playing again this season – which ends three weeks today when we play at Fulham.

It looks like Fabian Schar was carrying a slight injury on Friday and then he came off just after Almiron had departed.

Finally, Isaac Hayden seems to have been struggling with a nagging injury, and he was given a standing ovation from the fans when he came off for the brilliant way he’s played since December.

Miguel Almiron – distraught with likely hamstring injury

It’s just a pity Hayden will likely be leaving us this summer.

This is what Rafa said after the game about Almiron as reported in the Chronicle:

“He was working very hard and it is not easy for a player who was doing well in another country, at a massive club in front of 52,000 fans, to then get injured and maybe have to be out for the rest of the season.”

“It is his first injury of this type.” “He was doing well and the fans love him.”

“It is a hamstring injury but we will have to see how he is.”

“We will have to speak with the doctor and see how he reacts.”

“Schar was complaining (about a slight injury) on Friday and we saw him in the first half.”

“We weren’t very keen to do any substitutions at the start of the second half because we knew we had one or two little problems. In the end, it was like that.”

“It is bad for them (injured players), but we have other players, and maybe they will get a chance to do their best now.”

It will give some of our other players a chance.

If Hayden is fit for next Saturday, he will likely start but if not then it could be a chance for Jonjo Shelvey to finally start a game again.

And with Miguel very likely out for the season, it will give a chance for Christian Atsu to show what he can do on the left wing.

If Fabian Schar can’t play at Brighton next Saturday, we’ll see Federico Fernandez in his place.

So we should still have a strong team that hopefully can get all 3 points at Brighton.

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13 comments so far

  • swemag

    Apr 21, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Remember when we all wanted Danny Ings and Charlie Austin. I bet Southampton fans are happy they got them. #dodgeabullet We got Rondon and Perez!!! …and Almiron is alright.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 21, 2019 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #2

    So when do the protests start again then?

  • carltoon

    Apr 21, 2019 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Hopefully the Liverpool match. If Raffa hasn’t signed.

  • Mindshaft

    Apr 21, 2019 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Think we’ll miss Almiron as heopens up a lot of space for others

    See OGS wheels have well fallen off – as bad as anything I’ve seen manure play – never liked the guy after he hacked Rob Lee down

  • Tsunki

    Apr 21, 2019 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Carltoon from previous – Carltoon – and that (lack of protection of almiron) is the problem, it gives a green light to managers tactical approach to use thug tactics at will. The sort of approach that got Ben Arfa badly injured and not even a yellow card. It’s laughable that not only the players but the sport can’t be protected under such custodians. Shows what happens when refs are tutored to sift through rules and regulation minutae instead of overseeing a game played in its proper spirit.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 21, 2019 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #6


    Yes. I was just speculating on how Charmless could spin it to take the heat out of an explosive situation!

  • Tsunki

    Apr 21, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #7

    And now I’m going to say something that may seem totally at odds with my perception of Ashley –

    Mike Ashley is a clever businessman, he knows what he wants to achieve with a business and sticks doggedly to his idea if he thinks it’s right. He has cleverly found the perfect formula in running NUFC as a profitable business albeit through some trials and uncomfortable balancing manoeuvres. His masterstroke was hiring Rafa Benitez as manager of a club which is strictly governed to a percentage-winning player turnover from scouting, buying, development to sale at a profit. By marrying the two he has bounced NUFC straight back into a mid table PL side that on average costs him no money, turns over a profit even, but serves his own outsourced concerns and especially Sports Direct at a level difficult to appreciate for it’s worth.

    I personally will bow to his genius if he can convince Benitez to remain indefinitely in this perpetual loop of mediocrity and forsake his lifelong career aspirations.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Apr 21, 2019 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #8

    PSG would win the champions league with rafa. I’m hoping their owners who allegedly want to buy a premier league club buy NUFC, we keep rafa.

    Pipe dream i know.

    The only people who see what this club could become other than the fans is rafa. Ashley shackles its earning power and its football potential. The right investment could make this club huge in both departments.

    The most loyal fan base on the planet. A one city club. Could be made into a 70,000 seater stadium with ease. Rafa could create a youth system and a dynasty that becomes legendary. I truly believe that what city have become is small in comparison to what could be made of nufc.

  • Jib

    Apr 21, 2019 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #9

    I hope Catchy is watching
    ManYoo haven’t lost 5 on the spin since 1981
    Big Ron Atkinson

  • Jib

    Apr 21, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #10

    It might have been Dave Sexton

  • OneAlanShearer

    Apr 21, 2019 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Without Almiron we have no real pace and are short of creativity.

    Imagine if rafa was given 60 million plus full value of player sales, 5 or 6 quality players like that brought in and we would have some side.

    Its all doable. They just need to let rafa do it.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 21, 2019 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #12

    We have a regular poster that insists Rafa is flying high and has reached his zenith here at Ashley’s NUFC, and that he can only avoid being scouted by the likes of Leeds if he accepts the Shady Pines of watching our matches with nodding approval from the warmth of the Director of Football bedroom.

    That is disrespectful to say the least, especially from an ingrate toon “fan” isn’t it?

    Ron Knee posted that interesting stat about Man city’s incredible win rate since last year, interrupted by only one loss – to a little side managed by Sr. Benitez. One of the world’s finest outmanoeuvred by an over the hill twilight years, porridge sucking slipper-socked old goof who should count himself fortunate to be contemplated by a Championship side.

    Yeah, Rafa – you couldn’t get a job at a top side with your record, knowledge, experience, tactical capability, motivational powers …..and so on.

  • toonluvva

    Apr 21, 2019 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #13

    At least we are safe now, and Almiron can recover fully for next seasons fixtures.

    Who will be the next manager is anyone’s guess, but it is unlikely to be Rafa.


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