Matty Longstaff makes long-awaited Newcastle United return

Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff has made his long-awaited return from injury.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Matty Longstaff of Newcastle United celebrates scoring their first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 26, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tom Purslow/Manchester United via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Matty Longstaff of Newcastle United celebrates scoring their first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 26, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tom Purslow/Manchester United via Getty Images)

The 20-year-old played the first 45 minutes of the Magpies’ under-23 clash with Fulham at St James’s Park.

Longstaff, not seen in black and white since July’s home defeat off Tottenham Hotspur, was withdrawn at half-time by development boss Chris Hogg in a pre-agreed substitution, as the player edges back to fitness following a long-term muscle problem.

Longstaff signed a new two-year Newcastle United contract in the summer.