Injury update: Defender edges closer to Newcastle return

Rafa Benitez.
Rafa Benitez.
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Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has confirmed that full-back DeAndre Yedlin is edging closer to a first-team return.

But tomorrow night's clash with Burton Albion at St James's Park will come around too soon for USA international.

Benitez also provided an update on the situation of Clark.

While no timescale has been put on the former Aston Villa man's return, he is expected to play again this season, despite suffering a knee injury against Fulham on March 11.

The problem forced him to withdraw from international duty with the Republic of Ireland.

Ahead of tomorrow night's visit of the Brewers, Benitez told the gathered media at the club's Benton training base: "We have Clark who is still the same. Yedlin is getting closer obviously but more or less the same situation. It is nothing special."

DeAndre Yedlin

DeAndre Yedlin

Daryl Murphy was not involved in the matchday 18 against Wigan Athletic at the weekend but is back training with the squad and available for selection.

Ciaran Clark

Ciaran Clark