Despite all the positive Newcastle injury news in recent weeks, fans are still eagerly anticipating the awaited Sven Botman injury return. The centre back has been missing for what feels like an eternity, leaving many to believe that he is surely close to a return soon.
Newcastle injury news: Ornstein shares what he heard about Sven Botman injury return
And those people will be in luck. According to a Q+A published on The Athletic website by trusted journalist David Ornstein, Botman is close to a return for Newcastle and we could see him in action in the next few weeks.
"“I hear [Sven Botman] is a couple of weeks away and if all goes well it’s a massive boost.”"- David Ornstein
With Dan Burn making his comeback in recent weeks, we could soon return to our strongest possible defence which would be a big boost for Eddie Howe. In the last month or so, the English manager has had to play Tetris with his starting lineup and squad rotation has been difficult to come by, which has resulted in the inevitable exhaustion of some of his players. This is why it's great to see players like Botman making their return.
The captain Jamaal Lascelles has done an impeccable job at slotting in and helping out Fabian Schar. However, it would be fair to say that Botman is a better option than Lascelles and the captain should take a back seat when the Dutchman returns from injury.
The fixtures are coming thick and fast in December but now we're out of Europe, the fixtures should settle down much more in the new year. Still, Botman will feel excited to get back to action and push the Magpies towards their objective of a top four finish and silverware in the cup.
What do you make of today's Newcastle injury news?