The club have released an update on three Newcastle players who have been on the injured list for a number of weeks.
The main news sees confirmation that Aleksandar Mitrovic is back in training after recovering from a back problem.
Still to start a Premier League match this season, the Serbian striker has been restricted to six PL sub appearances totalling 89 minutes, the latest of those in early December against Leicester.
There is zero doubt that Rafa Benitez would love to sell the striker and have the money to invest in a player he does want to play.
If he is still here by then, we will surely see Mitrovic involved in the FA Cup fourth round game on Sunday 28 January, at either Norwich or Chelsea. Difficult to see him playing any part at Manchester City on Saturday.
Florian Lejeune has been out for four weeks with a foot injury and is said to be making ‘good progress’.
Whilst Jesus Gamez is set to ‘resume light gym work’, after a protective boot was removed.
He last sat on the bench for the Watford defeat at the end of November and has only started three league games in the 18 months he has been at St James Park. Starting in the 1-0 win at Swansea but then instantly left out, his only other PL minutes being as a late sub away at Brighton.
Official Newcastle United injury update:
‘Aleksandar Mitrovic has returned to training this week after recovering from a back injury.
‘The Serbian striker, 23, hasn’t played since Newcastle’s 3-2 defeat to Leicester on 9th December, but is now fit again and could come into Rafa Benítez’s plans for the weekend’s trip to Manchester City or the Emirates FA Cup tie against Norwich City or Chelsea.
Meanwhile, defender Florian Lejeune is making good progress in his rehabilitation from a foot injury.
His last appearance came against Arsenal on 16th December.
Spanish full-back Jesús Gámez is also recovering well after undergoing an operation on an ankle tendon injury last month.
He has now been allowed to take off a protective boot and should be able to resume light gym work.’