Rafa Benitez is remaining optimistic that one of his key players will be available for Newcastle United’s meeting with Arsenal.
According to a report by the Newcastle Chronicle, the manager believes Jonjo Shelvey could feature for the Magpies as they return to Premier League action for the first time since the international break.
The midfielder has been on the sidelines for almost a month with a thigh injury that has troubled him in the past and Benitez is keen for the former Liverpool man to avoid picking up the same problem once again.
“Still, we have some time, but at least Jonjo was training,” he said to the Shields Gazette.
“If we don’t have any problems, he can be there. It’s too soon to say ‘yes’, but I’m quite optimistic.”
Newcastle will be looking to play a slightly more attacking game against Arsenal and Shelvey would be key in allowing them to do that.
The Magpies have been accused of being too defensive in the past when they have come up against the bid six sides, with the game against Chelsea this season having already been highlighted, although they have already met Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City as well.
However, there will be concerns that Shelvey may not be ready for the clash with the Gunners, as he has had trouble with his groin for some time now and will be looking to get through training without any problems.
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