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Sport Double boost for Newcastle as Shelvey and Ritchie return

18:30  14 september  2018
18:30  14 september  2018 Source:   readsport.co

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Newcastle United have been handed a double boost as midfielders Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie have returned to training ahead of the visit of Arsenal this weekend, according to a report on the Chronicle Live.

Englishman Shelvey has missed the last three games with a thigh injury and the Magpies have missed his presence and vision in midfield.

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On the other hand, Ritchie was forced to miss the 2-1 defeat against Manchester City and Scotland’s fixtures during the international break due to a knee injury, but manager Rafa Benitez has admitted that both players are available for selection.

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He said:

“These kind of weeks are difficult because you have people coming back.”

“Shelvey and Ritchie are in training. But no big problems”

Benitez is not expected to rush Shelvey back into the starting lineup and risk aggravating his injury but with the Toon desperate for their first win of the reason, Benitez may use him.

Ritchie is more likely to come straight back into the starting team and he gives the side more attacking threat with his set-piece deliveries.

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Newcastle given major fitness boost as trio return for Palace clash .
Newcastle are set for a major fitness boost with as many as three first-team players set to return to action against Crystal Palace. Lee Ryder of Chronicle Live reports that Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey and Salomon Rondon have all been passed fit to feature against Roy Hodgson’s men. Ryder’s reports do not suggest whether or not the player are set to start, but given there were concerns over their availability, it’ll come as a huge boost for Rafa Benitez, who will be looking to kickstart the Magpies’ season with a win over Palace. Both Shelvey and Rondon started on the bench against Arsenal, while Lascelles was taken off early. Rondon will be out to break his duck in the Premier League for Newcastle, with the striker yet to find the back of the net domestically since joining from West Brom. Newcastle currently sit alongside Burnley at the bottom of the Premier League with just a point to their name.

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