Newcastle United could have Ryan Fraser available for the game against Arsenal on Monday night.
The Scotland international has missed the Magpies’ last five games due to injury. His last appearance came in the 1-0 over Wolves last month when he was forced off after 13 minutes.
Fraser’s injury led to a run of games for Miguel Almiron, who has thrived in his teammates’s absence.
There were fears that Fraser’s season was over, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Ryan Fraser ‘returned’ to Newcastle training yesterday
Eddie Howe has spoken to the press ahead of Monday night’s clash with Arsenal. He confirmed that Fraser could make his return.
“Ryan returned to training yesterday which is great to see,” Howe said.
“He trained very well so fingers crossed he’s fine.”
Fraser’s return would be a welcome one, and would give Howe even more options in attack. Star striker Callum Wilson is back too, having made his comeback against Manchester City last time out. He was lively off the bench and should have scored.
With just two games remaining, Howe almost has a fully fit squad for the first time this year. However, Joe Willock and Jonjo Shelvey remain unavailable.
But Fraser’s return is a boost, and he’ll be keen to pick up where he left off. The 28-year-old is one of many players to improve under Howe after his Toon career got off to a slow start. He played a key role in our resurgence, scoring pivotal goals against Everton and Brighton earlier in the year.
Despite his potential return, it would be a real surprise to see Fraser in the starting XI. With the season almost over and safety confirmed, it isn’t worth the risk.
But it is our final home game of the season, so it would be nice to see the winger in action one last time at St James’ Park before the summer break.