Benitez plans to solve Newcastle's injury problems

The Spaniard wants to make small adjustments to help reduce the amount of injuries at Newcastle United.

Benitez plans to solve Newcastle's injury problems
Newcastle's injury list isn't helping their survival bid. (Photo: The Mag)

Rafa Benitez is wasting no time in trying to sort out the multiple problems that lie behind the scenes at Newcastle United.

The new manager has already began looking at the academy facilities and will now try to reduce the amount of injuries at the club.

The plan

Upon being asked about his plans, Benitez spoke to Chronicle Live about using the information from the "technical staff" to find better ways to treat injured players. He also mentioned making "small adjustments" in the way Newcastle go about treating the players before and after injuries.

Graeme Souness was the first manager to move players from the first team pitches to the academy pitches, as he believed the ground was causing Newcastle players to suffer more soft tissue injuries. 

Small changes

Benitez admitted he would make "small" changes as doing "too much in a short space of time" would be counter productive.

However, the main reason behind the decision to not alter a lot of aspects may be due to the fact the Spaniard may not be at the club beyond this summer if they are relegated. The true changes will probably only start once Premier League survival is assured.

Benitez will be hoping his assertive manner in changing the way Newcastle work behind the scenes can have an affect before the end of the season, otherwise all his work will have been in vain.

Captain Fabricio Coloccini is one of many on the treatment table at the moment. (Photo: Goal)
Captain Fabricio Coloccini is one of many on the treatment table at the moment. (Photo: Goal)

Recurring injuries

Newcastle usually struggle with injuries around this time of the season and this year is no exception as they top the injury league table once again.

Worryingly, as many as 12 players find themselves on the sidelines at a crucial time for the club, including Massadio Haidara, Daryl Janmaat, Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote.

Newcastle need players back fit in time for the crucial tie against Norwich City after the international break.