Newcastle United have released their images from today’s training session on their official homepage. It seems as though a few players missing from this past weekend have returned.
Miguel Almiron, Ki Sung-yueng, and Karl Darlow were all seen at various times in the pictures. However, we did not spot Jonjo Shelvey or Ciaran Clark in any of them.
While we didn’t expect Clark to make his return, it was reported earlier this week that both Jonjo Shelvey and Miguel Almiron would take part in today’s session. How they fared would be the determining factor in whether they were to be available for Saturday’s match.
Jonjo Shelvey sounded very confident on Tuesday when talking to NUFC TV about his injury. He made the following statement about his expectations for training:
“I had a minor strain in my calf on Thursday before the game. It’s probably key to miss one game rather than six or seven if I’d made it worse.
“I should be back training by Thursday, so that’ll give me a chance to play on Saturday, so fingers crossed.”
So we are a little concerned that he was not seen in any of the images, but there could be nothing to it. We also did not see Jetro Willems in any of the photos, either. That would definitely be a worry if there is a problem with Jetro. He’s basically irreplaceable at the moment with Matt Ritchie still injured.
Newcastle released the following statement with the images:
Dwight Gayle is pushing for a start against his former club, but Jamaal Lascelles, Matt Ritchie, and Allan Saint-Maximin will definitely miss out due to injury.
We suppose it’s a good sign that only the three long-term injuries are confirmed to be out for Crystal Palace. Though we’ll get the definitive answer from Bruce during his press conference on who will be available.
We did find it quite interesting that Dwight Gayle was mentioned as pushing for a start in the lead in to the images. That would be a bit of a shock if the 29-year-old made his first start of the season.
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