Siem de Jong is ready to give embattled John Carver a welcome lift – by declaring himself fit to face West Ham United.
The Newcastle United forward has missed the club’s last two games.
De Jong – who returned last month from the collapsed lung he suffered in February – is back in training ahead of Sunday’s huge final game of the season.
Newcastle, without a win in almost three months, must beat West Ham to be certain of Premier League survival.
And de Jong – who scored on his comeback against Swansea City last month – would be a welcome option on the bench for head coach Carver, whose side were beaten by relegated Queens Park Rangers at the weekend.
Speaking last week, Carver insisted that de Jong, signed from Ajax last summer, was not injured.
He said: “Siem’s not injured, he just needs to strengthen his quad muscle, and he could be available for the West Ham game.”
United are just two points above third-from-bottom Hull City, who have a superior goal difference.
Meanwhile, Newcastle’s finance director John Irving is set to quit the club.
Long-serving Irving is third in charge behind owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley.
Irving – who, along with Ashley and Charnley, is on the club’s board – is understood to be joining Newcastle Airport, where he will take up a similar position.