The Newcastle United Twitter account has released the following tweet which also has a link to a collection of photographs of the squad training today.
? Check out our gallery of images from today's training session as the squad continued their preparations for the trip to @NorwichCityFC, the Magpies' first @premierleague away fixture of their 2019/20 campaign.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 14, 2019
One of the players we noticed in a few of the pictures is Jonjo Shelvey. Jonjo was pulled early in the second half for Jetro Willems against Arsenal this past Sunday. After the game, Steve Bruce had reported that the substitution was forced due to an injury to Jonjo.
It looks like there has been no lingering issue with Jonjo and the injury wasn’t much more than a knock. This is a bit of a relief as Jonjo will be an important player for Newcastle this season. It also appears he will be available for Norwich City on Saturday.
We expect Steve to still play the 3-5-2 formation he has been using since he was appointed in mid-July. With that formation’s reliance on three central midfielders, it would have been an issue to have lost Shelvey for an extended period of time this early in the season.
Jonjo has just come off of a nightmarish campaign last season as he struggled with a thigh injury that kept him sidelined for a good part of the year. We are looking forward to seeing what Jonjo can do this year in his playmaking role with players like Joelinton and Almiron leading the line. His vision should prove very helpful in creating chances for our front two at Norwich and throughout this season.