Sylvain Marveaux last played for the Newcastle first team eighteen months ago, but it seems he is finally getting over the groin injury he picked up in early July and hasn’t played since then.
But he played in the first half this afternoon for the Newcastle U21 side who drew 1-1 with Swansea at Whitley Park – a game that kicked off at 1:00 pm.
Sylvain Marveaux – coming back from injury – in action today
The plan was always to give the former French U21 International just 45 minutes as a slow but sure introduction back to playing, that will hopefully have him fully fit in a few weeks time.
Rob Elliot got a full game in as did Gael Bigirimana and young striker Ivan Toney, after making his Premier League debut late in the game on Saturday against Chelsea.
Toney put Newcastle ahead in this game after 60 minutes, but Swansea equalized on 65 minutes.
It was good that Steve McClaren was at the game to watch Marveaux and some others play – to see how they are coming along.
It´s always good when the head coach attends these games to show the youngsters coming through that they are important to Newcastle.
Sylvain will have been told that he has a chance to make the first team if his play is good enough – so he does have something to play for – with his five-year deal at Newcastle running out next summer.
According to people at the game Sylvain looked very decent in that first half and did himself no harm at all in front of Steve McClaren.
We signed Marveaux as a free agent in June 2011 from Rennes and he is a very good technical player.
Newcastle: Elliot, Sterry (Suddick 75), Adu-Peprah (Gibson 18), Bigirimana, Newberry, Cameron, Cobain, Hunter, Toney, Marveaux (Longstaff 46), Barlaser.
Swansea: Vickers, Shephard (Alfei 77), Hanley, Maric, Davies, Gogic, Copp, Jones, McBurnie, Holland (Biabi 68), Hedges.