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Rafa Benitez Leeds press conference: Positive news on 3 injured players

5 years ago

The Rafa Benitez Sheffield Wednesday Press Conference has taken place on Friday lunchtime.

The United boss saying that he wants/needs competition for places on this promotion run-in.

Dwight Gayle had scans on his latest injury on Monday and Rafa Benitez says that it is good news, with the striker now ‘running a bit’, though he doesn’t want to try and put a date on his return.

However, the Manager indicated that his number nine wouldn’t be in contention for the Leeds or Ipswich matches, so we will have to wait and see for Preston at home in 10 days time.

Really missing his pace down the right side, DeAndre Yedlin though is in contention for a place in the team/squad tomorrow night, whilst the news on Ciaran Clark is also positive.

Newcastle’s best defender and player of the season is ‘very close’ to returning according to Rafa.

As for the team overall, Rafa Benitez says that they have identified and analysed the mistakes at Hillsborough last Saturday and a much better display is expected against Leeds.

First quotes from the Rafa Benitez Leeds Press Conference:

“We have good news. Clark is very close and Dwight was running a little bit today.

“We don’t like to put a time (on Dwight’s recovery). But he’s been running a bit, and that’s good news.

“It’s one game at a time. I like competition between players, and the good news is that players are coming back from injuries.

“We did well against Leeds in the first game, and we play at home tomorrow. Hopefully we can play at the level we know we can.

“It’s just important to get promoted, then if we finish first all the better. We obviously want to play as well as we can but the priority is just to go up.

“We have analysed the mistakes from the Sheffield Wednesday game. We made too many mistakes and gave them chances.

“I don’t think the players weren’t weren’t trying, it was just a lack of concentration – players worked hard but made mistakes.”

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