It turns out according to the Chronicle that Rafa Benitez underwent an operation during the international break last Friday and has missed training so far this week.
We haven;t heard much at all from Rafa the last two days and o=maybe one reason for that is he’s missed the training after going under the knife in Cheshire.
The Chronicle reports it was to deal with a complication from a hernia operation he had more than two years ago.
Rafa is still recovering from the surgery so we’ll have to see if he can take the press conference tomorrow and it may be good the game is not until Sunday afternoon.
There is a chance the Spaniard could be back on Tyneside as early as today with a source saying the manager is “assessing his fitness one day at a time.”
Rafa Benitez – in less painful times
There is a chance of course that he may not be fit for the game at Swansea on Sunday, but we’ll just have to hope he gives his press conference on Friday and that will be a huge relief if he can do that.
The conspiracy theorists will probably be out in full force saying this is linked to Rafa’s huge disappointment with Mike Ashley during the summer transfer window, but there’s no evidence of that.
We hope Rafa returns soon – we need him.