Rafa Benitez reveals what Daryl Janmaat has told him after being passed fit to return for Newcastle

Daryl Janmaat
Daryl Janmaat

Daryl Janmaat’s desperate to play again this season – and help Newcastle United stay up.

Janmaat is in Rafa Benitez’s squad for this afternoon’s must-win game against Aston Villa, having recovered from the groin injury he suffered in last month’s defeat to Southampton.

He knows it’s important for everyone to stay up and is desperate to help.

Rafa Benitez

And he has been passed fit to play with a cast to protect the hand he fractured punching a door at the St Mary’s Stadium.

However, Vurnon Anita is likely to line up at right-back for the relegation-threatened club at Villa Park.

“Janmaat is training well and told me he wants to go back and wants to give something to the team,” said Benitez.

“He knows it’s important for everyone to stay up, and is desperate to help.

“Anita’s making a great effort. He had a problem, but is training. I’m pleased he’s available. He’s an example to the rest of the team.”