He said: "Recovering from injury itself is sort of a mental battle - it's the first battle you have to face when coming back from a long injury, just having the strength to do the little things". We need Rafa back as soon as possible.
Swansea were desperately poor in so many areas and the goal they conceded to lose the game, when Lascelles was granted the freedom of the Swansea penalty area to score with a powerful header, summed up the home team's afternoon.
"He kept in touch with us throughout the game. This week he will join us, probably on Tuesday".
Newcastle followed up their 3-0 home victory over West Ham before the global break by limiting Swansea to a handful of scoring opportunities.
The former Nottingham Forest trainee had made a crucial intervention in his own penalty box minutes earlier, clearing off the line after on-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham had rounded Rob Elliot.
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Lascelles who stopped Abraham from scoring would turn hero at the other end 14 minutes before full time with a header off a corner kick to put Rafa Benitez's men ahead.
"We were very balanced between defence and attack and we are very pleased with the team".
As for Swansea boss Paul Clement, he has lost his top two goalscorers from last season in Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente but he brought in Wilfried Bony and Renato Sanches on transfer deadline day to surprise everyone.
"Although the margin of the defeat is small I am more disappointed with our performance". If he gets anywhere near to the form he showed at Euro 2016 everybody in Europe will be thinking: 'How did Swansea get him?' Obviously it's because of Paul Clement, who was Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at Bayern Munich so fair play to him, it's an excellent signing.
"I'm finding it hard to understand why I saw what I saw". I think we missed an opportunity there today, I really do. We had a positive week going in to it and I didn't expect it. We are taking everything as it comes at the moment, getting the training right and make sure we are at it again.
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