Benítez is back at the training ground
Rafael Benítez is expected to be back in the Newcastle dugout for Saturday’s Premier League game with Stoke. The 57-year-old Spaniard finally returned to Tyneside on Monday evening having three times had to cancel the journey from his family home on the Wirral as he continued to recover from surgery. He was back behind his desk yesterday as the players enjoyed a day off, and is due back on the training pitch today to start the process of plotting a third successive top-flight victory. Benítez was an armchair spectator on Sunday as the Magpies won 1-0 at Swansea days after he underwent a procedure to address an infection resulting from an earlier hernia operation. He was in regular touch with the coaches Paco de Miguel Moreno and Mikel Antía throughout the game and addressed the players as a group by phone before kick-off. He will now resume control and may have to speak to several members of his squad after a turbulent transfer window.
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Rangers will travel to Canada to play Benfica in October, the Ibrox club have confirmed. Their Portuguese manager, Pedro Caixinha, will thus come face to face with his countryman Rui Vitoria in the 2017 Eusebio Cup match at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario, on Friday 6 October. The game will take place at the home of the Canadian League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the international break with a 7pm kick-off local time (midnight BST). The Eusebio Cup is held every year.