By Russell Edge

Newcastle United have been handed an injury boost after winger Christian Atsu reported for international duty with Ghana after an injury scare.

The 25-year-old speed machine limped off the pitch with minutes to go in their 1-0 defeat against Bournemouth on Saturday, with boss Rafael Benitez confirming to the Chronicle that he had “felt something” which forced him out of the match.

However Tuesday saw Ghana announce via their official Twitter account that the wide man had linked up with the international squad for their World Cup qualifying match against Egypt on Sunday.

His availability for his country indicates that any issue felt was not serious enough to rule him out of playing during the international break, which will be a major boost to Newcastle considering how pivotal a role he has played this season.

Firmly establishing himself as the number one choice for Benitez down the left flank, the Ghanaian star has appeared in every one of the club’s 11 league matches this season, 10 of which have come in the starting XI.

He has managed to net once and pick up another assist in his first season in the top flight for the Magpies, having seen a season loan deal from Chelsea, which started in the summer of 2016, made permanent in the last transfer window.

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