Rafa Benitez's No 2 will tackle media duties ahead of Newcastle's visit to Swansea

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

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

Newcastle United's manager 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 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 City at the Liberty Stadium.

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 his team aims to build on their first win of the season against West Ham United before the international break.