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

Jamaal Lascelles.
Jamaal Lascelles.

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

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.

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.