Rafa Benitez Preston press conference: Good news/Bad news on injuries
The Rafa Benitez Preston Press Conference has taken place on Friday lunchtime.
The United boss having both positive and negative news on the injury front.
Dwight Gayle will definitely still be missing on Monday night but Ciaran Clark is now back training with the other players and barring any reaction, should be available for selection.
Amongst the players pictured training today was Aleksandar Mitrovic and he scored four goals in a handful of days in October against Preston, so will be hoping to follow up his improved display v Leeds a week ago.
Andrew Madley took charge of that 6-0 League Cup win when Newcastle hammered Preston and Mitrovic got two of them.
However, this time Newcastle fans have been calling foul play because as a Huddersfield fan, Madley could be seen as having a major interest in or match, especially if Wagner’s team close the gap to four points on Saturday.
When asked about the refereeing appointment, Rafa limited himself to saying he was ‘surprised’ that the Huddersfield fan had been handed our game.
First quotes from the Rafa Benitez Leeds Press Conference:
“Going up depends only on us…not the social media, the websites, or newspapers.
“Dwight is still not ready but Clark is training with the team.
“When you have players coming back from injuries it’s good news for us. The competition increases.
“We have to do our job. The only thing we can control is our team. We have to concentrate.
“I am happy for Jamaal Lascelles (being named in PFA team of the year), a young defender who can still improve.”
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