Newcastle have been handed a huge boost ahead of their 5th Premier League encounter of the season, with manager Rafa Benitez now confirmed to return to the dugout after missing Sunday’s trip to Swansea due to health complications.
Despite the absence of the Spaniard at the Liberty Stadium, the Magpies managed to secure a hard-fought and 2nd victory of the campaign in as many games.
Assistant manager Paco Moreno credited Benitez with the victory, as he constantly kept in touch with the touchline via phone, playing a huge role in the victory from the sick bed.
Against Stoke City come Saturday, Benitez will be on the touchline directing the on-pitch affairs, as he returned to Tyneside on Monday having been declared fit for work again by the doctors.
He will play a part of Tuesday’s training as plans to put the visiting Potters to sword are worked on extensively with his players and coaching crew.
Benitez’s return can surely inspire the team as they attempt to make it 3 consecutive victories following 2 earlier losses.
The clash against Stoke – a team that have lost just once thus far, could go a long way in determining if Newcastle will be able to sustain their new-found momentum or appear to have only flattered to deceive.
With the Toons faithful ready to cheer the side to victory and Benitez keen to return with a win at the Saint James’ Park, the perfect backdrop for Newcastle to continue their against-the-odds success story has been provided.