Newcastle are set for a boost this weekend with the possible return of Sean Longstaff. The Telegraph have a report saying that the 22-year-old should be available for the trip to Leicester City.
Sean suffered an ankle injury during the week leading to the Liverpool match. He has missed the past two fixtures and has been a big loss. His ability to cover a lot of ground was definitely a miss the past two weekends. Getting Sean back for Leicester City should provide a lift to the team.
It apparently is coming at an opportune time. In the same report, it says that Jonjo Shelvey is still having issues from the thigh injury that limited him last season. The report states that the problem is really limiting Jonjo’s mobility. Considering that he is not the most agile player to begin with, that is a concern.
The report also states that Dwight Gayle is set to return to training this week. We would assume that means full training as he was spotted working with his teammates last week. Gayle could be set to make his return to the pitch sometime next month.
We are also awaiting an update on Matt Ritchie who is thought to be close to a return. He was initially thought to be lost for two months but all indications are that he is well ahead of that original projection. We would expect that Matt would want to make his return at Leicester City as that is the team that he suffered his ankle injury against.
Getting both Sean Longstaff and Matt Ritchie back should shore up some of the issues we saw against Brighton. Both players cover a lot of ground and Matt Ritchie is relentless at tormenting opposition players when they are in possession. That is something we saw very little of this past weekend.