Rafa Benitez explains how he will deal with Newcastle injuries in the short term

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As many as 12 players are currently sidelined through injury for the relegation threatened side.

Newcastle United manager Rafa Bentiez has said he will only make subtle changes between now and the end of the season in a bid to get injured players back fit.

The Magpies currently have 12 players on the sidelines, according to Physio Room, as the recently appointed boss tries to get as many options available for crucial games that will determine their fate in the Premier League.

Benitez is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “We have this situation to analyse what is going on, but we must try to do things simply and not try to change everything.

“Just change little things that maybe can make the difference and be careful. So we were doing a training session (for one of the) other sessions in the gym, little things to try and prevent injuries.

“But you cannot do too much in a short space of time.”

Clearly Benitez has an approach for the long-term but the current situation means the Spaniard has to be pragmatic about things. An overhaul in the way he tries to bring players back from injury could have a negative knock-on effect in the short term, which is not what he and his players will need ahead of the final eight games of the season.

He will hope that he can get as many players back fit as quickly as possible in order to help their bid for survival as they look to overtake both Norwich City and Sunderland in order to retain their Premier League status - then in the summer Benitez could get to work implementing some serious changes in various areas of the club in order to kick on next season. 

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