Great news to see Florian Lejeune back out on the training pitch.
When the Frenchman picked up that bad pre-season injury, it was reported he could even miss the whole season.
Even the best estimates thought early 2019 would be the most optimistic scenario.
The player himself has been giving optimistic updates via his own social media and Rafa Benitez has said how pleased he has been with the progress.
As they usually do before upcoming matches, the club have released a gallery of photos showing the squad training ahead of Burnley.
This is the first time Florian Lejeune has featured so far this season but clearly he won’t be match ready for some time, whilst also unclear just how much the defender would have joined in with the rest of the squad.
Also spotted in the training shots is Yoshinori Muto who has been out injured. It was reported he could be still missing for Burnley but maybe this suggests he has a chance.
Rondon and Yedlin can’t be spotted on the photo gallery but no surprise there as they would have been the last first team players to return from international duty.
However, there are three players who stand out because of their absence from the training shots.
Paul Dummett is missing, but after returning home injured from international duty, the club are said to be still waiting to see how serious the injury is.
The two players who haven’t been on international duty though and who can’t be seen, are Jonjo Shelvey and Jamaal Lascelles.
This is surely a big worry as their return from injury was anticipated by most supporters.
It doesn’t completely rule them out but does point to them being likely to miss Monday.