Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has confirmed (official Twitter) that duo Jonjo Shelvey and Miguel Almiron could be back from injury at the weekend.
The Magpies host Crystal Palace at St James’ Park in the Premier League and may be closer to full strength with the return of key players.
Bruce has explained that Shelvey and Almiron “have a chance” of being selected against Palace after taking part in training on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Allan Saint-Maximin, Ki Sung-Yueng, Ciaran Clark, Matt Ritchie and Jamaal Lascelles are all out injured.
Newcastle were without both Shelvey (calf) and Alimron (hamstring) in their last game through injury, which was a 1-0 away defeat against Burnley.
But previously they had picked up seven points from three matches in the league and in-form central midfielder Shelvey scored in each of them.
Newcastle will be in a much better shape to get a result against Palace if their potential injury boost over Shelvey and Almiron is true.
Shelvey was looking somewhere near his very best before his Burnley absence and his goals from the centre of the park are vital for a team that don’t seem to have the biggest goal threat.
The 27-year-old helps pull the strings in the midfield for the Magpies and he’s a real leader on the pitch for Bruce’s team.
Meanwhile, Almiron does inject some extra pace to the side and is dangerous despite not scoring in 26 games across all competitions for the club.
The 25-year-old has been an ever-present in the XI despite his lack of goals and just needs a lucky break.