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Rafa Benitez to miss Newcastle’s match at Swansea

Rafa Benitez to miss Newcastle’s match at Swansea

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez will not be present in Swansea on Sunday as he recovers from an operation.

The club had arranged to put on a helicopter to fly him to and from his home in Merseyside following hernia surgery, but he will not make the trip after all.

The Spaniard, who had been treated for an infection after his operation, felt too unwell to make the trip to South Wales on Sunday morning.

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The 57-year-old was unable to attend Newcastle’s training ground this past week because of discomfort in his groin which led to his stay in hospital.

Assistant manager Francisco de Miguel ‘Paco’ Moreno took the club’s pre-match press conference and is likely to lead them from the dugout.

Newcastle face Swansea at the Liberty Stadium at 4pm on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League HD and Main Event.

Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic begins a three-match ban as midfielder Jonjo Shelvey returns from his against his former club.

Chancel Mbemba will miss out with a hamstring injury suffered on international duty with the Democratic Republic of Congo, but full-back DeAndre Yedlin (hamstring) and central defender Florian Lejeune (ankle ligaments) have returned to full training and striker Dwight Gayle has shaken off his persistent hamstring problem.


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