Triple fitness boost for Newcastle – but de Jong still out

RETURN ... Gabriel Obertan.
RETURN ... Gabriel Obertan.

JOHN Carver has revealed three of Newcastle United’s injured players could return to action at Hull City on Saturday – but the game has come too soon for Siem de Jong.

Gabriel Obertan, Mehdi Abeid and Davide Santon – who all played in a 3-1 behind closed doors win over Carlisle on Tuesday – all return to contention.

However, de Jong is not expected to be involved, despite scoring in that fixture.

Carver said: “Siem is looking even stronger but this game may come too soon. He’s given the group a massive boost because of his presence.

“Gabriel Obertan will be involved this weekend, as will Mehdi Abeid and Davide Santon.”