Medical insider: Newcastle United handed 'massive bonus' after Jonjo Shelvey training reveal
Newcastle United have been handed a “massive bonus” by Jonjo Shelvey’s return to the training pitch.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.
Shelvey, 30, has not turned out for the Magpies this season because of a hamstring complaint.
But the midfielder was named in Eddie Howe’s 25-man squad for the first half of the Premier League season last Wednesday (14 September).
And, as relayed by ChronicleLive last Friday (16 September), the manager revealed that Shelvey is now “out on the grass, running, looking good.”
Dinnery suggests that he could return before the mid-season break for the Qatar World Cup.
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“The initial timeline suggested that we could be looking at about 12 weeks,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“That’s a realistic assumption with this sort of injury. It appears that he might be ahead of schedule, however.
“The initial timeline might have seen him held back until after the World Cup break. But now, the aim is certainly going to be before that break.
“Realistically, even though he is back on the training pitches, it could be another four to six weeks. We know hamstring problems are prone to re-injury.
“You don’t really know how a player will respond to an increased workload until they are in the thick of it. The road to recovery is never straight. There are always bumps along the way.
“We know Howe is a massive, massive fan of Shelvey. You can argue that they are missing someone like that at the moment, someone who can unlock doors with his range of passing.
“If he was to return before the end of November, that would be a massive bonus for Newcastle.”