Siem De Jong has made his playing comeback in a behind closed doors match against Carlisle.

The friendly was given no publicity by Newcastle United in advance, much like when Tim Krul made his playing comeback in a behind closed doors match ahead of his return against Chelsea.

siem de jongThe Dutch midfielder got 45 minutes on the pitch today and he was in good spirits afterwards.

Siem De Jong tweeting to his followers;

“Played 45 minutes today in a friendly game! #almostthere”

De Jong actually made a scoring return as his goal helped United beat the visitors 3-1, with youngsters Jonathyn Quinn and Lubo Satka also on the scoresheet.

Mehdi Abeid and Gabriel Obertan also got valuable pitch time.

Newcastle fans are desperately hoping that he can make an early return and provide the creativity that is largely missing from United’s play.

An added bonus should be some much needed leadership, with Newcastle’s team not exactly being full of talkers who galvanise the lesser players when the going gets tough.

Last week John Carver gave a schedule for the Newcastle vice-captain’s return to full fitness, stating;

“We need him (Siem De Jong) fully fit though I think he has got to have two or maybe three Under 21 games, then maybe 45 minutes, 70 minutes and then a full game – he is still a little bit off at the moment.”