Rafa Benitez had an operation last Friday to try to clear up an old hernia problem he had, but it has left him with an infection.
He will now miss his press conference today and has been ordered to rest, and therefore he is likely t to miss the game at Swansea City on Sunday.
He has been at his Wirral home all week taking it one day at a time, but he realized yesterday it wasn’t going to improve quickly enough and he will not be traveling to Newcastle today.
Rafa is still in pain although there is still a small chance he could be on the touchline at Swansea, but it’s now long odds that will be the case.
Rafa Benitez with Paco during training
Rafa hasn’t spoken since the transfer market closed just over a week ago when he was thought to be very unhappy that Newcastle made no new signings in the final two weeks of the transfer window.
We had hoped he would comment on what had happened last week, but that will not happen now.
Francisco de Miguel Moreno – or ‘Paco’ – will fill in for Benitez for the press conference today, and whereas he is the fitness coach – he is one of Rafa’s assistant managers.
The Madrid-born 44-year-old has been the fitness coach with Rafa Benitez since the Liverpool days starting in 2004.