NUFC handed surprise boost as key player is spotted back in training ahead of Brighton – Photo

Some promising pictures have emerged from the club’s Benton base, with Newcastle United confirming that Miguel Almiron returned to training on Thursday.

Almiron – arguably our best player since the turn of the year – was initially ruled out until April, however it appears the knee injury suffered in last month’s 3-2 win over Southampton isn’t nearly as bad as first feared.

Steve Bruce will no doubt give more of an update in his Friday morning press conference, but the fact Miggy is back with the group suggests he has a real chance of being involved in Saturday’s relegation six-pointer at Brighton – something we weren’t expecting to say a few weeks back!

Here’s a few snaps of the smiling Paraguayan back in action at the club’s training ground:

Callum Wilson can also be seen back on the grass, but the club’s training gallery shows him working on his own – a positive in itself, but a clear sign Saturday will come too soon for our top scorer.

Steve Bruce did state last weekend that he was ‘going along very nicely’ regarding his comeback from a knee injury, so let’s hope this is a sign he’ll be OK to face the Seagulls.

Almiron has been a key cog in the 4-3-1-2 formation adopted since Graeme Jones arrived, with his energy, pace , ingenuity and pressing being the ideal link between midfield and attack.

It remains to be seen if Saturday will come too soon for the 27-year-old, but it would be a huge boost if he was in the squad – as an option from the bench or even a potential starter!

A training update on NUFC.co.uk states that ‘Steve Bruce will make a call nearer to the weekend before deciding whether he is fit enough to be involved’, making his comments in Friday morning’s presser one to watch.

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