Newcastle United could potentially be boosted by the returns to action for Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark and Matty Longstaff ahead of their meeting with Manchester United.
The Magpies host Man United at St James’ Park on Saturday, looking to build on the 3-1 win they secured against Burnley in their last match before the international break. Steve Bruce’s side have endured plenty of injury issues already this term, with Federico Fernandez the only centre-back to not have missed a game.
Long-term absentees could make much-needed Newcastle returns
The Magpies have been without Dummett since January, when the versatile left-back picked up an Achilles tendon injury that required surgery. The 29-year-old returned to action for Newcastle during their pre-season, but he suffered a fresh knock in their friendly against Middlesbrough.
Clark had made his return to first-team action against both Blackburn Rovers and Morecambe in the Carabao Cup, after a seven-month injury layoff with an ankle injury, but the defender picked up a thigh injury in the tie with Morecambe. The 31-year-old could now be set to return though.
Longstaff has also been suffering problems with a recurring thigh injury, which has limited his involvement in the Magpies’ squad at the start of the campaign. However, just over a year since he scored his first Newcastle goal in a 1-0 win against Man United, he could now be set to return in the same fixture.
Triple injury boost comes at great time for Bruce’s side
Newcastle’s return to Premier League action will see them encounter some challenging fixtures, with their game against Man United followed by a trip to Wolves and a meeting with current table-toppers Everton. Therefore, Bruce will be needing as many players fully fit and available as possible.
The Magpies have done well at the start of the campaign to pick up points despite injury troubles in defence. Dummett and Clark returning will take the pressure off the squad a little and enable Bruce to have more options to change things around tactically. Longstaff will need to put his injury issues behind him and get back to the sort of form he showed at the start of last season.
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