Ciaran Clark reveals how Newcastle are preparing for Swansea without Rafa Benitez

Ciaran Clark
Ciaran Clark

Ciaran Clark's confident that he and his Newcastle United team-mates will be ready to take on Swansea City.

Rafa Benitez has been unable to work with his players this week as he recovers from an operation he underwent last week.

United's manager could even miss Sunday's game at the Liberty Stadium.

However, defender Clark, back from international duty with the Republic of Ireland, says it's been more or less business as usual on the training field.

"It’s my first proper session out there, everyone in high spirits and working hard," said Clark. "We're hoping he will be back soon, but we are getting on with things and working hard for Sunday.

“We will go out there and do the things we have been doing since I have been here. The coach has just put on a session, and we'll go out there and do it.”

Newcastle beat West Ham United 3-0 before the international break.

Clark was among the scorers at St James's Park.

The 27-year-old said: "It was important. We wanted to go out and put on a good performance and get the wins – the points – on the board.

"We managed to do that, and it was an impressive performance. Hopefully, we take the confidence out of it and move on to Sunday."