Newcastle United have struggled with several injuries over the last two months, but Jamaal Lascelles and four other key players are set to return this week.
There has not been much to smile about on Tyneside due to Newcastle United’s recent struggles on the pitch. The Magpies have lost their last three Premier League games, drew to League One outfit Rochdale in the FA Cup, and have been seen too many key players go down with injuries, but Steve Bruce and the Toon Army can finally smile.
According to a report from Shields Gazette, the following players have recovered from a wide range of injuries and could suit up for the clash against Wolverhampton this weekend:
- Jamaal Lascelles
- Ciaran Clark
- Paul Dummett
Newcastle United have not been as compact and organized in the back since the defensive trio went down with injuries, so their return to action is the best news the team have heard in quite some time. To add to the excitement of this injury boost, over the weekend Bruce hinted that Allan Saint-Maximin is close to returning and he could be back as soon as this weekend as well.
The Magpies were flying high a few weeks ago after breaking into the top ten, but the narrative has changed over the festive period. Bruce’s men are now 13th in the table and their ten point cushion from the relegation zone has been reduced to five points.
Saturday’s game against Wolverhampton is crucial for Newcastle United as they hope to turn things around. The team fortunately has a balanced schedule comprised of several mediocre and inferior opposition after January, but the more feathers they can pluck from top ten teams, the sooner survival can be confirmed.
The return of Lascelles, Clark and Dummett will enable Bruce to play proven players with fresh legs in the back, and Saint-Maximin is expected to pick up right where he left off before his hamstring injury. With Saint-Maximin, though, it would not be a surprise to see him come off the bench over the next few weeks. With Christian Atsu healthy and Matt Ritchie fully recovered from his ankle injury, Bruce does not have to rush the Magpies’ most dynamic player back.