English Premiership

Magpies welcome back Benitez

2017-09-13 08:44
Rafael Benitez (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is back at work on Tyneside after surgery had kept him away from club duties last week.

The Spaniard went under the knife during the international break to deal with an infection that arose from a hernia operation he had two years ago.

Benitez attempted to return to the north-east on Thursday, but the after-effects of surgery prevented him from doing so, and the 57-year-old subsequently missed his side's 1-0 win at Swansea on Sunday.

Paco Moreno stood in for his compatriot at the Liberty Stadium, although Benitez was in constant contact with members of his staff via telephone during the match.

However, the Magpies welcomed his return on Tuesday, posting an image of their manager on Twitter with the caption: "The boss is back."

Newcastle do battle against Stoke City on Saturday, September 16 in a Premiership clash and will hope they can add another three points after overcoming Swansea City last week.

Kick off is at 16:00.

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