Will forgotten man Kevin Mbabu be back for injury-hit Newcastle's relegation run-in?

Kevin Mbabu
Kevin Mbabu

Kevin Mbabu won't be back to help injury-hit Newcastle United at the St Mary's Stadium.

The defender hasn't played for the relegation-threatened club since January.

Mbabu – who had a memorable Premier League debut against Chelsea last September – made five appearances earlier this season.

And the 20-year-old would offer new United manager Rafa Benitez a welcome option at left-back with Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara unavailable through injury and midfielder Jack Colback suspended.

But Mbabu, recovering from a thigh injury, is yet to rejoin full training and won't be in Benitez's squad for tomorrow's game against Southampton.

Dummett, meanwhile, is close to a return, but he isn't expected to be ready in time to face Ronald Koeman's side.

Captain Fabricio Coloccini – who has been sidelined since February with a calf problem – is also back in training.