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Good news for Benitez: Big injury boost emerges for Newcastle United

Newcastle United supporters have been pretty quiet in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side go down 2-0 at Champions League chasing Liverpool on Saturday, thus slipping to 16th place in the Premier League table.

Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash with the Merseyside giants unbeaten in their preceding four league games, which included a memorable 1-0 success over Manchester United at St James’ Park. Yet the Magpies were unable to defy the odds again on Saturday as goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane sealed a routine victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side, thus instigating Newcastle’s fall to 16th in the Premier League table, two points clear of the relegation zone.

Subsequently, there have been many downbeat Magpies fans in the Tavern in recent times, yet their mood is likely to be improved by a recent report from The Daily Mail, which suggests that midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is set to return to training this week following a knee problem.

The 26-year-old sustained the injury in his side’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth back on February 24, a game in which he missed a glorious opportunity to all but secure the three points for Benitez’s team, before failing to fulfil his defensive duties late on to help prevent the Cherries’ comeback.

And there were concerns that the England international had suffered a serious problem to his knee, but recent reports suggest that he is set to return to training this week, and could feature in their crucial clash at home to Southampton next weekend.

And this update is sure to come as good news to manager Benitez and indeed Magpies fans, as Shelvey’s influence in the midfield could play a key part in their battle to avoid the drop between now and the end of the season.

Landlord’s verdict: Jonjo Shelvey sustained a knee injury in Newcastle’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth over a week ago, and there were some concerns that he could thus miss a significant amount of action.

However, recent reports detail a big boost to manager Rafa Benitez and indeed the club’s supporters, as the midfielder is reportedly set to resume training this week, and could well feature against Southampton on Saturday, albeit that is unlikely.

Nonetheless, news that the injury is not severe is likely to delight our resident Magpies fans, with the club in need of their best players to perform between now and the end of the season in a bid tor retain their Premier League status.

Newcastle fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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