Jonjo Shelvey has been pictured training on Tyneside on Sunday, with the Chronicle claiming he’s in contention to return ahead of our upcoming clash with Burnley.
He’s been out since mid January after picking up a hamstring injury in that 1-0 win over Chelsea – and it’s perhaps no coincidence that this was the last time we won in the Premier League.
The midfielder’s goals and quality from the centre of the park has been sorely missed over the past few weeks, with new boy Nabil Bentaleb and Sean Longstaff continuing to look out of sorts in our last few.
Isaac Hayden seems likely to return to the side when Burnley arrive at St James’ Park on Saturday, and the signs are that Jonjo Shelvey will also be in contention – with him spotted training with the first-team at Benton the day after our awful defeat at Palace:
Shelvey’s creativity, calmness on the ball and newfound ability to find the net has been a big miss – although Bruce will need to do more than just throw him into the mix to get us winning games on current form.
The lack of direction or plan has been worrying for months now, but our luck has well and truly ran out, with us winning just 1 of our last 9 and failing to score in our previous 3 league games.
With changes expected on Saturday, let’s hope Shelvey is one of them after a good week of training under his belt.