Francisco de Miguel Moreno (Paco) did the media duties yesterday for Newcastle in the absence of Rafa Benitez, who is still recovering from a hernia operation he had during the International break.
Rafa is still uncomfortable from the surgery, but he could still be on the touchline tomorrow at Swansea.
There are plans to take him by helicopter from his home in the Wirral to the game – if he is fit enough tomorrow.
Newcastle trained as a group for the first time yesterday as the assistant coaches are in constant communication with Rafa by telephone.
Things are proceeding as normally as possible without Rafa actually being at the Training ground.
Ciaran Clark has continued his good form this season and scored last time out against West Ham in the excellent 3-0 win.
Ciaran Clark in action for Newcastle
The defender is positive as usual and says the players are very focused for the game in south Wales tomorrow.
This is what he has told the Chronicle today:
“It was my first proper session back out there.” “Everybody was in high spirits and confident and working.”
“Obviously, we hope Rafa can be back soon but we are getting on with things and working hard.”
“We’re focused on the game on Sunday. We will just go out there and do the things we’ve done since I’ve been here.”
“The coaches put on a session and we know what we need to do.”
“We know what we need to do, we go out there and do our jobs.” “We will be focused on Sunday.”
“It was very important against West Ham.” “We wanted to go out there and put on a good performance.”
“We wanted to get the win and points on the board.”
“Hopefully we can take the positives out of that and put that into the game at the weekend.”
It’s pretty simple what we need in each game this season – a win.
We can lose and draw games this season but wins will be vital under Rafa Benitez to get the points we need to stay away from the relegation zone.
Let’s hope the lads can put in another good performance tomorrow and get something out of this game.