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Good news for Newcastle United fans on fitness front ahead of crunch FA Cup tie

Newcastle United fans here in the Tavern are hoping that a cup run can help carry over some momentum into the Premier League, and the return of their midfielder will only boost those chances. 

Rafa Benitez’s side have been slightly less fortunate after starting the season with flying colours, to now finding themselves in a spot of bother thanks to their own wrongdoing. Although, there’s been some news for the Magpies that could potentially be the cure to their current woes. As according to reports in The Shields Gazette, Mikel Merino is hoping to make a return against Chelsea in their FA Cup clash at the weekend.

The Spaniard was sidelined for a back problem that kept him out for more than a month towards the end of last year. And, after being an unused substitute in the weekend’s 3-1 loss to Manchester City, the midfielder is still suffering from the lingering back problem.

But, good news for Newcastle fans is that Merino is improving as the player stated this:

“The back injury, which I still have a little bit, is improving.”

“I feel much better. I’m almost at 100% physically. I’m feeling good in training.”

“Yes, I hope in a few weeks I don’t have any problems and will be 100%.”

Merino has been the star player for Newcastle United this season after signing from Borussia Dortmund in the early season, as the midfield general that never fails to put on a fantastic passing display for the Magpies.

And, with him supposedly returning to the starting XI in the weekend’s fixture, it could mean there are positive times ahead for the Toon Army with the return of their rising star.

Landlord’s Verdict:

There’s no doubt it’s the kind of return that could completely change the flow of Newcastle’s season, a player that’s become so influential in their ranks in the short time he’s spent at St. James’ Park.

After having to make do with Mohamed Diame and Jonjo Shelvey in the midfield, they’ll be glad to have some youthful exuberance and fresh legs back in the side.

Newcastle fans… Thoughts on the player’s possible return? Let us know down below!!!

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