Steve Bruce is set for a selection headache at right-back, as DeAndre Yedlin is in line to make his return to action when Newcastle United travel to Liverpool on Saturday, according to the Chronicle.
The American international has been out of action since the end of last season when he underwent surgery, and suffered a setback to his recovery in August (The Sun) when he began to suffer pain in his adductor and required further scans to his groin.
Yedlin is claimed by the Chronicle to have returned to training last week, with Bruce hoping the international break will prove to have been a welcome addition as some of the injured players at St. James’ Park edged closer to a return.
Bruce will be without his long-term absentees Allan Saint-Maxim, Matt Ritchie and Florian Lejeune for the trip to Anfield at the weekend, though, as the French and Scottish wingers are facing lengthy spells on the sidelines due to the injuries sustained against Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City respectively.
Lejeune, meanwhile, is aiming to lace up his boots again by the end of the year, having returned to the training pitches recently as he steps up his recovery from a Cruciate Ligament Rupture.
Andy Carroll, on the other hand, may make the bench away to his former side Liverpool, as the perennially crocked centre-forward (TransferMarkt) is expected to be lacking match fitness as a result of there being no reserve team games before the first-team venture to Merseyside.
Fabian Schar, meanwhile, is not an injury concern for Bruce after he featured for Switzerland over the international break, having been forced off against Watford after complaining of feeling dizzy.
Yedlin being available for selection is sure to hand Bruce a selection headache at right-back, as Emil Krafth has been the Toon boss’ preferred option since his transfer from SC Amiens in the summer and in the American’s absence.
Krafth has featured in all of the available Magpies fixtures bay the curtain-raiser defeat at home to Arsenal, having only joined the North East outfit three days before the Gunners travelled to St. James’ Park.
But what may come to Yedlin’s advantage is that the Chronicle recently quoted Bruce suggesting Krafth could need time to adapt to the Premier League – even though the Sweden international proclaimed to be relishing the challenge of the English top-flight (The Northern Echo) – while the rarely-seen American is battle-hardened with more than 100 games in the competition to his name.
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