There has been an update regarding the fitness of Newcastle United midfielder, Jonjo Shelvey…
What’s the word?
According to journalist Chris Waugh, writing on Twitter, the 30-year-old “could feature before January”, having missed the early weeks of the new season after sustaining a hamstring injury in pre-season.
Reports at the time had suggested that the Englishman’s subsequent surgery would likely keep him out of action until after the World Cup, meaning he would likely not feature again until late December or even in the New Year.
In his attached piece for The Athletic, however, Waugh suggests that there is a chance of the former Swansea City man featuring in November, having been included in the Magpies’ 25-man, Premier League squad
Howe would love it
Although the playmaker is still a way off making his return to action, it will come as a boost to know that he could potentially be available before the league is halted in mid-November, with manager Eddie Howe seemingly in need of additional midfield depth.
The most recent window saw the Tynesiders fail to acquire a new addition in the centre of the park – having been linked with the likes of Edson Alvarez and Conor Gallagher over the summer – leaving the former Bournemouth boss somewhat short in the centre of the park.
The loan exit of Isaac Hayden – as well as Shelvey’s recent absence – has only exacerbated that issue, while January arrival Bruno Guimaraes has also endured his own injury woes of late.
Are Newcastle missing Shelvey?
That has left Sean Longstaff, Joe Willock and Joelinton as the only other senior midfield options in the squad, with academy graduate Elliot Anderson the only other option in reserve, albeit while having made just a handful of cameo appearances so far this term.
As such, the return of Shelvey would be more than welcome for Howe and co, with the £70k-per-week gem offering valuable experience in the midfield department, having made 267 Premier League appearances in his career thus far.
While something of a hot-head at times – with five top-flight dismissals to his name – the one-time Liverpool man still oozes quality in possession, having previously been lauded as an “incredible technician” by the Newcastle boss.
The £7.2m-rated man seemingly offers something different to his midfield colleagues due to his willingness to initiate attacks from deep with his brilliant array of passing, with Howe likely to be keen to have such a classy asset back in his ranks as soon as possible.