Steve Bruce names Newcastle United player who could return against Arsenal

Jamaal Lascelles could be back for Newcastle United’s FA Cup tie against Arsenal.
Jamaal Lascelles.Jamaal Lascelles.
Jamaal Lascelles.

The club’s captain has been sidelined since late November, along with team-mate Allan Saint-Maximin, after testing positive for Covid-19.

Lascelles, having recovered from the disease, returned to training late last month, but he won’t feature against Leicester City at St James's Park tomorrow. Instead, the 27-year-old could be involved in the January 9 FA Cup tie against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

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United head coach Steve Bruce said: “Our big two (missing) at the moment are obviously the skipper and Saint-Maximin, and the skipper’s making better progress than Allan, so we might see him. I can't see him for Leicester, but hopefully for Arsenal, maybe, Jamaal might be in the mix. Certainly, I can't see Allan for the foreseeable future.”

Saint-Maximin returned to France to recuperate with his family last month. The winger has not spoken about his experience with Covid-19, though he denied rumours of a rift with Bruce last month.