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Newcastle could face Swansea trip without Benitez

Newcastle boss Benitez had surgery during the international break. Credit: PA

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez will not hold his usual pre-match press conference on Friday after undergoing surgery during the international break.

Benitez went into hospital for a procedure to address an infection resulting from a hernia operation he had two years ago.

As a result, the 57-year-old Spaniard has been absent from the training pitch this week and fitness coach Francisco de Miguel Moreno will take over his media duties ahead of Sunday's Premier League game against Swansea.

It remains to be seen whether Benitez will be able to make the trip to south Wales, although he is keen to take his place in the dugout as the Magpies aim to build on their first win of the season against West Ham before the international break.

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Benitez hoping to get the best out of Joselu

Joselu is Newcastle's sixth signing of the summer. Credit: PA

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is hoping he can help striker Joselu fulfil the potential he first saw in him as a youngster at Real Madrid.

Benitez made the 27-year-old Spaniard his sixth signing of a difficult summer on Tyneside earlier this week when he sealed a £5million switch from Stoke.

"We knew him when he was in the academy at Real Madrid and he was the top scorer. He was doing well," said Benitez.

"Obviously, in Spain, when he was at Deportivo La Coruna, we had some information, and when he was in Germany. We know the player and we know he has the potential.

"Was he playing at his level at Stoke? Maybe not. And can he do it here? Maybe he will have more chances.

"It's easier for me to talk to him in Spanish than maybe it is for Mark Hughes, so then if I have to transmit something, maybe I can do it. But then after that it depends on him. I can explain things, but it depends on him.

"He has the potential to do well for us, but in football you have to wait until the end of the season."

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