Paul Clement answers questions on Rafa Benitez, Newcastle – and Jonjo Shelvey's return to Swansea

Paul Clement
Paul Clement

Paul Clement has spoken to the media ahead of Newcastle United's visit to the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea City's head coach wished Rafa Benitez, recovering from surgery last week, a "speedy recovery" ahead of Sunday's televised game.

Benitez is hopeful he'll be well enough to take charge for the fixture.

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Clement also spoke about the return of midfielder Jonjo Shelvey to his former club and Newcastle's "very strong" 3-0 win over West Ham United before the international break.

"They've responded well in their last game, winning 3-0 having not had the best of starts," said Clement, speaking at his pre-match press conference this afternoon.

"They lost at home (to Tottenham Hotspur), and they would be disappointed with the result away at Huddersfield. They responded well after two losses.

"That's a very strong result against West Ham.

"You can see they are a very organised team. Clearly, Rafa's worked with them. You can see that. They're well drilled and well organised.

"Having come up against his teams in the past, they always have good structure.

"I think he's been a very good coach at the top level for many, many years."

Clement was also asked about the return of Shelvey to the Liberty Stadium, where he could get a hostile reception from home fans.

Newcastle signed Shelvey – who is available after serving a three-match ban for stamping on Tottenham's Dele Alli – from Swansea for £12million in January last year.

"I think all players who've done well for their respective clubs should get good receptions," said Clement.

"Jonjo was a very good player here. He's just come back from suspension. I'm not sure whether he'll start or come into the game."

Meanwhile, Clement said new signings Renato Sanches and Wilfried Bony would be available to face United.