Jamaal Lascelles ready to give Rafa Benitez a selection headache at Newcastle

Jamaal Lascelles is pushing to return for Newcastle United at St James's Park.

Thursday, 29th November 2018, 5:34 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th November 2018, 5:50 pm
Jamaal Lascelles.

Lascelles, the club's captain, has missed the last two games with a shoulder problem.

However, the 25-year-old is in contention to return to Rafa Benitez's squad for Saturday's home game against West Ham United.

Lascelles has been in full training in the build-up to the game, though he may have to wait for an opportunity.

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Fabian Schar has impressed alongside Federico Fernandez in his absence, while Ciaran Clark, recalled to a five-man defence against Burnley on Monday night, scored Newcastle's winner at Turf Moor.

Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey – who has recovered from a calf injury – was an unused substitute.

Meanwhile, defensive pair Florian Lejeune and Jamie Sterry, on their way back from long-term injuries, are also back in training.