By Russell Edge

5th Mar, 2018 | 8:30pm

Report: Shock return on cards in major Newcastle boost v Southampton

Newcastle United have been handed a major boost after it was revealed Jonjo Shelvey’s knee injury is not a serious issue and that he has returned back to training, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim on their website that the club had feared the worst over the English midfielder’s injury, which has been a long-standing niggle but flared up after a collision with his own goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the 2-2 draw against Bournemouth.

The knock ruled him out of the defeat to Liverpool on Saturday and there were worries it could have been a long-term layoff for the 26-year-old, but he is said to be an outside-contender to feature against Southampton this coming weekend in what would be a shock return.

If he does not feature against the Saints, then he will have a three week break to recover, with Newcastle’s league fixture with Tottenham having been postponed for their FA Cup match.

Football Insider verdict

Newcastle will be relieved that Shelvey is not set for the treatment room, and his return to training will be a boost for him and his team mates. This season has shown just how instrumental the midfield maestro can be, for when he plays well, the rest of the Magpies perform at a higher standard. However it is unlikely fans will see him against Southampton, for with the three week break it is the perfect time to rest him up and get him back to full fitness. That does mean Mikel Merino will likely continue in the centre, and the Spaniard will have to lift his performance from the one at Anfield if he hopes to stake a claim for a regular role in the starting XI.

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