A few local reports have confirmed that Newcastle’s right wing-back/left-winger Matt Ritchie has returned to training this week. He will be assessed after training tomorrow and a decision will be made as to whether he will be included in the squad for Sunday’s fixture against Arsenal.
Matt Ritchie will be in squad for Arsenal on Sunday as long as he doesn't suffer a setback. He returned to training this week after recovering from a hamstring problem. #nufc
— Miles Starforth (@milesstarforth) August 9, 2019
— Scott Wilson (@Scottwilsonecho) August 9, 2019
Ritchie injured his hamstring against Hibs a week and a half ago but it seems to have not been too serious at all. It will be a nice boost to have the twenty-nine year old back in the squad.
Ritchie made 39 appearances last season for the Magpies with 3 goals and 9 assists. It will be good to have as much continuity going into this first match as is possible after such a transitional summer.
If Ritchie can make the squad, it will leave Florian Lejeune (knee), Andy Carroll (ankle), DeAndre Yedlin (Groin), Dwight Gayle (calf), and Christian Atsu (Knee) as players who will not be available for Sunday. There is also news that Jack Colback may be suffering from a slight knee injury as well.