Eddie Howe names Newcastle United player on brink of early return from injury

Eddie Howe’s set to welcome a key Newcastle United player back from injury.

Jonjo Shelvey, sidelined since late the summer with a hamstring problem which needed surgery, is pencilled in to return to training today, though the midfielder won’t be involved against Brentford tomorrow.

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Asked about Shelvey’s recovery, head coach Howe said: “It’s going very well. Jonjo is, I’d say, ahead of schedule.

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"He’s hopefully going to be involved with us in training today for the first time. There will still be a bit of caution from me and the medical team as to when he’s ready to play, but he’s certainly making positive strides at the moment.”

Shelvey – who will trigger a one-year contract extension if he plays three more games this season – suffered his injury in a 3-2 defeat to Benfica at the Estadio da Luz in late July.

And Howe feels that the 30-year-old, and his range of passing, has been missed so far this season.

"Jonjo’s got real strengths for us that we miss,” said Howe. “His range of pass, his eye for a pass – and his execution of that – is of the very highest level. I think there’s definitely been games and times during the period where he’s been missed.”

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe.Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe.
Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe.

Shelvey had worked through the summer on his fitness.

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Speaking before suffering his injury, Shelvey said: “I’ve not really had a summer. I was injured at the back end of the season, and I went away and did my rehab in Turkey and took my trainer with me. I’m feeling the benefits from it.”