By Russell Edge

8th Dec, 2017 | 3:18pm

'Thank god', 'Absolutely huge' - Newcastle fans ecstatic with latest Benitez update

Newcastle United fans have turned to social media to voice their delight at news that centre back Jamaal Lascelles is available for the club’s clash with Leicester City on Saturday.

The club captain has been out of action since limping out of the 1-0 home defeat to Bournemouth before the last international break, and has missed each of the club’s last four games, having appeared in every one of their league games prior to his layoff.

However Benitez has now confirmed that the 24-year-old looks set to return to the senior squad, alongside winger Christian Atsu, who has also been missing since the loss to the Cherries.

The Toon Army were understandably ecstatic with the update from the Spanish manager, after having seen their side pick up just one point from their last six games, as well as conceding 12 goals in each of the four games in which Lascelles has missed.

The fans took to Twitter to show how excited they were at the prospect of his return to action, with many noting just how much of an impact his absence has been to the side.

Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:

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The Magpies come into Saturday’s clash against the Foxes off the back of a humbling 3-1 defeat to Chelsea, while Claude Puel’s side saw off Burnley in a 1-0 win in their last outing.

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