September 7, 2017 / 5:42 PM / 3 months ago

Newcastle manager Benitez recovering from surgery

LONDON (Reuters) - Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is recovering from surgery and could miss Sunday’s Premier League trip to Swansea City, British media reported on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO - Britain Soccer Football - Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newcastle United - Sky Bet Championship - Molineux - 11/2/17 Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Ed Sykes Livepic

Fitness coach Francisco de Miguel Moreno will stand in for the 57-year-old Spaniard at Friday’s regular pre-game news conference.

The BBC said Benitez had undergone a hospital procedure during last week’s international break to deal with an infection resulting from a hernia operation that he had more than two years ago.

The Newcastle Chronicle reported that the manager had attempted to return to Newcastle from the north-west on Thursday morning, but had turned back after suffering from pain while in the car.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis

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