Good news for Rafa Benitez as two injured Newcastle players back in training on Wednesday
Rafa Benitez has had some positive news on Wednesday.
Newcastle United having confirmed that both Fabian Schar and Isaac Hayden have returned to training.
Along with Miguel Almiron, the duo were forced off with injuries on Saturday during the game against Southampton.
With safety assured after the weekend results, Rafa Benitez was very relaxed about the extra injuries.
The manager saying ‘It is bad for them (the players injured against Southampton), but we have other players, and maybe they will get a chance to do their best now.’
Earlier today the club confirmed that Miguel Almiron will definitely miss the remaining games.
Interesting though to see what he does overall with his remaining team selections.
I think we can guarantee Rafa Benitez will take no chances with players and risk anybody unnecessarily.
However, when it comes to giving other players opportunities I’m not convinced he will.
With games that could help decide the title and relegation, both live on TV, I can’t see Rafa taking his foot off the gas at all.
Whilst Almiron will need to be replaced at Brighton, I believe he could well make no other changes so long as the likes of Schar and Hayden don’t have any setbacks.
The Mag – 21 April 2019:
Rafa Benitez was a very happy man at full-time on Saturday night.
The manager and his players reacting in the very best way to Anthony Taylor’s shocking decision not to send James Ward-Prowse off after he cynically brought Miguel Almiron down as Newcastle broke and were two on one until the Saints’ last man intervention.
Instead of being a negative to drag everybody down, instead the decision simply roused both crowd and players.
Within minutes Newcastle had scored twice and the game was effectively won.
The game ended with NUFC picking up three injuries but now on 41 points it is job done and Rafa Benitez can take a more relaxed approach with these latest setbacks.
The manager says simply, that this will allow opportunities for others in the final three matches.
Rafa confirmed it is all but certain Miguel Almiron won’t be seen again this season, picking up a hamstring injury.
Whilst Fabian Schar is another who may well sit out next Saturday at Brighton certainly, pus possibly the other two matches. Rafa revealed that Schar had said he had an (unspecified) injury on Friday but had still played him. However, with the Swiss international having to come off against Southampton, it is very likely Rafa will be looking after one of his surprise star assets in the remaining few weeks.
The same for Isaac Hayden, he has had an ongoing hip problem and it looked as though once again that was responsible for his substitution yesterday, after yet another excellent display.
Rafa Benitez may have given others a chance anyway once safety was guaranteed but certainly you could see now the sense in putting players such as Jonjo Shelvey in the shop window by playing him. If Rafa stays, the midfielder is one of a number of players who look to have no future at St James Park.
“He (Miguel Almiron) 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 an injury issue) 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 (Isaac Hayden also forced off with an injury), but we have other players, and maybe they will get a chance to do their best now.”
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