Paul Dummett is closing in on his comeback – despite suffering a setback.
The Newcastle United defender has been out since June, when he suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury while on duty with Wales.
Assistant coach Paul Simpson said: “Paul Dummett has been doing a bit of work, and then he had a little bit of a setback, so we went and had him re-scanned.
“It came back clear, so he’s been back out doing the work. He’s getting to a decent level – he’s just feeling a little bit of discomfort – but we’re hoping we can get over that very soon and get him involved in one of the Under-21 games.
“He was pencilled in to be involved on Monday against Blackburn (at Whitley Park), but it now seems as though that’s going to be too early, so it may be the following week away at Brighton.
“We’re just looking all the time with him.”
Meanwhile, Remy Cabella (thigh) is also close to a playing return after missing the club’s pre-season campaign with a thigh problem.
“Remy Cabella has been out working,” said Simpson.
“He’s done five or six days out on the grass doing football work (and) working with the rehab fellas.
“We’re hoping that maybe by the end of this week or the beginning of next week he may be able to join in with the rest of the group to start building him up.”