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Good news for Rafa Benitez as injured players now train with squad ahead of West Ham

3 months ago
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Rafa Benitez heads into Saturday full of confidence thanks to nine points out of nine in November.

The Newcastle boss a hot favourite for the November PL Manager of the month award.

The victories having an extra edge of satisfaction as they have been achieved despite injuries to a number of first team players.

In fact, as the injury list as grown this month, the better the team have played.

The game against West Ham could at long last see the Newcastle manager in a position where he has to make a number of positive team selections to face the Hammers.

The club having released a gallery of photos showing the players training ahead of the weekend’s match and pretty much good news all round for the manager.

Florian Lejeune was prominent in the training shots and the other long-term injured NUFC defender, Jamie Sterry, is also now back. Neither player will be available for West Ham but good to see they are both training on the way back to full fitness.

Jonjo Shelvey only made the bench at Burnley, no doubt a combination of him not being fully fit and Diame & Ki having done well against Bournemouth, leaving Rafa with the easy choice of restricting Shelvey to the bench.

With another week of training though, barring mishaps the midfielder will be available for first team action in this next match, if selected.

Similarly, Karl Darlow was also training today, the elbow injury that caused him to miss Burnley, obviously not proving serious. So it would appear he will also return to the squad.

The club also featured Jamaal Lascelles and Yoshinori Muto prominently in the training pictures. Rafa said last Friday that they were back in training but hadn’t managed a full session so far at that point, though he still left open the possibility of them making the Burnley squad.

With this week behind them, like Shelvey we can surely see them also available for selection this Saturday.

The only first team squad player seemingly missing from training was Paul Dummett, with still no word from the club as to how serious that hamstring injury is. Needless to say, there looks to be little/no chance of him being in the squad against West Ham.

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