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18th Jan, 2017 | 7:12pm

Newcastle fans react on Twitter to Shelvey selection v Birmingham

By Harvey Byrne

Jonjo Shelvey returned to Newcastle’s starting eleven as captain on Wednesday against Birmingham following a five-match suspension, and fans on Twitter are delighted.

The 24-year-old Magpies key man has not featured since 17 December after being found guilty of using racially abusive language towards a Wolves player.

Newcastle have suffered without the former England international, with two losses and a draw coming from their last five matches.

But, with his return against the Blues many on social media are now welcoming the star man’s inclusion in the Toon’s starting eleven.

Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:

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Shelvey has played in 26 encounters for the Magpies this campaign with a return of three goals and seven assists.

He has been a pivotal part of the club’s success in the centre of the park, which has seen them nestle at the top of the Championship and one point clear of Brighton.

He will now be turning his attentions to helping the club to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

A win over Birmingham on Wendnesday will present the Magpies with a winnable trip to League One outfit Oxford in the fourth round.

In other Newcastle news, here is the confirmed line-up to face Birmingham.

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