Steve McClaren watched Newcastle United’s Sylvain Marveaux make his comeback from injury this afternoon.
Marveaux played 45 minutes of a 1-1 Under-21 Premier League draw against Swansea City at sun-baked Whitley Park.
The forgotten midfielder – who spent last season on loan at French club Guingamp – had been out since July with a groin problem.
Marveaux came through the match unscathed, and he could soon be in contention for a first-team comeback.
Ivan Toney, signed from Northampton Town in the summer, opened the scoring in the 61st minute with a lovely lobbed finish from a Gael Bigirimana ball forward.
But Swansea levelled four minutes later from the penalty spot.
Olivier McBurnie, felled by defender Michael Newberry, sent goalkeeper Rob Elliot the wrong way.
United defender Jamie Sterry made his comeback from injury in the fixture, while Bigirimana played the full 90 minutes for Peter Beardsley’s winless side.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot, Sterry (Suddick, 73), Adu-Peprah (Gibson, 18), Bigirimana, Newberry, Cameron, Cobain, Hunter, Toney, Marveaux (Longstaff), Barlaser. Subs not used: Woolston, Pollock.