On Wednesday (see below) it was revealed that Rafa Benitez had missed training this week due to it taking longer than expected to recover from surgery in the international break.

It was hoped Rafa would return today but Thursday once again saw him not able to take charge of the team, as reported by the Chronicle.

The Manager is still scheduled to take training on Friday and then deliver his pre-Swansea press conference but it remains to be seen whether that happens.

With Rafa Benitez no doubt convalescing in the North West, the smart money may be on the United boss just meeting up with the squad down in Swansea before the game, as if he is still in discomfort it would hardly seem worthwhile to drag him up to the north east for the one day.

As a workaholic though, no doubt Benitez will do everything he can to be involved as soon as possible.

Wednesday also brought confirmation that Chancel Mbemba had picked up a hamstring injury on international duty.

The press in DR Congo quoted the team doctor as saying the defender would be out for between a month and three months, though Newcastle are still awaiting his return to Tyneside so they can assess him themselves.

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Rafa Benitez has had injury problems to deal with already despite the season only being a couple of weeks old, with the likes of Lejeune, Dummett and Yedlin all missing matches.

In addition, Jonjo Shelvey has just finished a three match suspension, whilst Aleksandar Mitrovic is set to start a three game ban on Sunday.

However, Newcastle are now facing the biggest injury problem of all with Rafa Benitez having been unable to prepare his team this week.

An exclusive in The Independent has revealed that the United boss underwent surgery in the international break and had been expected to be fit enough to return and oversee training/Swansea preparations on Tuesday.

In the event though, Rafa Benitez has missed training both on Tuesday and Wednesday, with no guarantee he will be able to return this week, with maybe even medical advice preventing him travelling to Swansea.

The exclusive says that it was follow-up surgery to a hernia operation he had over two years ago, before taking the Real Madrid job.

Get well soon!

The Independent:

‘Rafa Benitez underwent a hernia operation two years ago before he took over at Real Madrid, however the spell in hospital left him with discomfort and he was forced to undergo further surgery in Cheshire during the international break.

He had planned to return for sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, but so far has been unable to resume his position at St James’ Park. There are now worries he will not be able to return to the club’s Benton training ground this week, but the former Liverpool and Inter Milan manager is doing everything in his power to do so.

Benitez had been taking antibiotics to deal with the pain in the aftermath of the original operation to fix a long-standing hernia problem. However the issues that the operation caused, when it is believed he picked up the infection, required his trip to hospital to investigate the problem.

Benitez is currently on the mend and is eager to link up with his players in the aftermath of the club’s first victory of the season over West Ham on August 26, and is adamant he will take control at Swansea, but he may have to listen to medical advice.’



  • Steve Smith

    Perhaps Kim Jong Un can lend Rafa his Dad’s miniature walkie talkie that was used by the North Koreans in the 2010 world cup.

  • Leazes Ender

    Why did Sp*rts Dir*ct register the domain name nufcdirectcom 6 months earlier than the takeover from Hall and Shepherd in December 2006 and claim due diligence wasn’t done?

    • Lord

      BBC Panorama, Zone D, 4th Floor, BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London, UK, W1A 1AA

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      • Leazes Ender

        Its a belter of a question…..

  • Steve Pearce

    Managing through the pain and using antibiotics and no doubt the “magic spray” What a pro and what a manager – oh and by the way you have missed out on the news published this morning that he said he is staying. He’ll be OK to manage us on Sunday, even if he is not fit enough to attend the game for he is the beating heart and soul of our club and the players will play for him and all will be well!