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.’

  • Clarko

    Great, I can’t wait to see them back on the bench.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Stargate`s open then Clarko

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Great News, Mitro`s fit, not to be selected

    • Mitros gotta start

      Picked up another injury…..splinters in his 4rse

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Thank goodness life goes on after Amanda happy days.

  • Peaky Magpie

    “10 pesetas for the first one to pummel Mitro’s back in training !”

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Pedro`s your man

      • Peaky Magpie

        Is he still cutting grass & sorting “bushes” out 😳

      • Mitros gotta start

        Too old…..he only picks on kids

  • Leazes

    Mitrovic was bought five days into McClarren’s tenure…. so he must have been a Carr/Pardew target….. a dreadfully poor appointment.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      20 yr old full international scoring goals, the potential was there for profit
      the last thing on their mind was enhancing the team.
      it`s backfired big time.
      if they don`t loan him out we`re stuck with a Dead Duck on £60,000 pw

      • Damon Horner

        Agree, 1 goal every two games at club level, a full international and on every list of Europes hottest prospects. They had it from £12mil to £50mil in 12 months no doubt.

      • thewildchimp

        Well, they had to play him or loan him, if they were gonna make profit out of him. Rafa decided not to, but since Ashley wasn’t gonna sell low and we needed backup, he was bogged. Our only chance to sell now is if he scores in the World Cup. But even then, Mike’s gonna pocket it if we don’t sell anyone else.

    • Damon Horner

      I’ll be surprised if McClaren had any influence over the signings that summer. They’ll all be Carr’s boys.

  • toonterrier

    Does that mean we don’t need to sign any new players. No wonder fatty decided not to sell the club. NUFC Rest In peace. We’re doomed

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Cheer up toon, we still have Rafa

      • toonterrier

        Rafa wouldn’t make a good attacker. He’s too defensive

        • MichaelMaximusMoose


    • ghostrider

      Doomed like 80 other clubs in the leagues, eh?

  • 5floorshigh

    smashing news…..Mitro can at last start getting a game

  • MadMag83

    Keep Lejeune away from the first team, error prone.

    • HarryHype59

      Remind me who signed him? Was it the same bloke who bought Hanley Sels and Lazaar last season?

      • MadMag83

        Yup. But I would add that even Ferguson, multiple title and cup winner, signed some real stinkers. Hanley was signed as back up to get us out of the championship. Lazaar was never given a chance so we’ll never know. Sels might yet make it given a run in the team.