Rafa Benitez confirms 4 Newcastle United players miss Brighton but 2 should be fine
Rafa Benitez has met the media on Friday afternoon.
The Newcastle boss talking to journalists ahead of the game at Brighton.
The home team desperate for points to avoid relegation, whilst Rafa Benitez can afford to be relaxed, at least in that respect.
The manager revealing that in total he has four players definitely missing tomorrow, Jamaal Lascelles unavailable due to a stomach bug and joining the injured Almiron, Longstaff and Lejeune on the sidelines. However, Rafa says that both Hayden and Scar should be fine, the pair forced off with injury against Southampton but returned to training on Wednesday.
Of course, nobody is relaxed about the NUFC manager’s future, although judging on how he seemed to be today, Rafa himself if probably more relaxed about it all compared to most supporters.
By now we all know where he stands and that Rafa Benitez wants to stay, why would he want to walk away after putting in over three years of work to turn things around and give the club a chance of now progressing once again?
It will only be down to Mike Ashley if Rafa feels he has no option but to leave.
The Newcastle United managing summing up the situation perfectly: ‘This club is massive and my memories of Newcastle when I was with Liverpool, was a massive club who should be in the top ten every season. Another manager might be happy with 15th…I want to compete in the cups but you can’t if you are at the bottom. However, if we do the right things we can compete.’
Rafa Benitez at is pre-Brighton press conference:
“Almiron is out for at least 3 weeks but we will see how he progresses.
“He has had his treatment and now he is positive.
“Lascelles is out of the Brighton game as well with a stomach illness.
“We have some knocks but Schar and Hayden for me should be fit.”
Rafa asked about his future:
“I don’t say we should be competing for seventh to tenth only now, I was saying this 3 years ago.
“This club is massive and my memories of Newcastle when I was with Liverpool, was a massive club who should be in the top ten every season.
“Another manager might be happy with 15th…
“I want to compete in the cups but you can’t if you are at the bottom.
“However, if we do the right things we can compete.
“If we have any news you will know.
“We have conversations and sometimes Lee Charnley comes with us to the games, when we can talk about serious things.
“We have the contact but there is nothing new.
“It is important to do (transfer) business early (in a transfer window), you can talk to different players in different leagues.
“If the club has an idea then we have to make sure we have the same one.
“I can’t decide the idea, I have my opinion and we have to find a point where both parties are close enough.
“The potential is there – it is a massive club, a massive city.
“At the moment we are just concentrating on the games and it is really good that Newcastle United will be there (in Premier League next season).
“We knew from the start that it would be a tough season and we know Brighton really well.
“It’s a difficult situation now for them, they have three fixtures which are quite difficult.”
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