An interesting Rafa Benitez press conference on Friday afternoon
The Newcastle boss confirming a meeting with NUFC’s head of recruitment earlier in the day, saying that there is an idea for a plan ahead of January’s window.
However, Rafa says that plan depends on one ‘small’ factor: ‘Now we just need to see if we have any money.’
Of more immediate concern/interest, Rafa Benitez update on the injury situation.
Happily, he confirmed that Salomon Rondon is fit to start against Crystal Palaxce, plus Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey are also fit and ready to be named in the starting eleven.
Lascelles missed Arsenal, whilst Shelvey and Rondon were unused subs.
Rafa says that only Florian Lejeune is on the injured list now.
No excuses this weekend. No guarantees of a win of course, but up against average opposition and with almost a full squad to choose from, fans will be expecting the team to go toe to toe with Palace.
Rafa Benitez taking to the media ahead of Crystal Palace:
“Jamaal Lascelles was complaining about his ankle.
“He missed a couple of sessions but he’s fine (now).
“Jonjo Shelvey was training and we knew he was injured.
“He is so positive though and wants to play every game – but we had to be careful.
“We have just Lejeune (missing) who is a long-term injury, the others have been training and are available.
“It is very clear that the team, in the way they work and train every day, they have confidence…
“The team is mentally ready and we hope we can see that on Saturday.
“I was talking with the head of recruitment this morning and we have an idea for the next window (in January).
“Now we just need to see if we have any money.”