Newcastle United winger Ryan Fraser is back in full training after a calf injury.

The 27-year-old was meant to represent Scotland during the international break, but withdrew from the squad. This was a decision that reportedly angered manager Steve Clarke.

Fraser’s withdrawal coincided with Eddie Howe’s appointment as Toon boss – which did raise some eyebrows. He then took part in Howe’s first training session, but the Daily Mail report that he was not fully involved.

When asked about Fraser, the Scotland boss appeared to aim a dig at the midfielder, talking about his group of players who ‘want to be here’.

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Fortunately for the Scots, they didn’t need Fraser. They beat Moldova and Denmark to secure a playoff place for next year’s World Cup.

As for the 2020 Toon signing, he’s back in full training. The club confirmed the news on Wednesday alongside a batch of photos ahead of Saturday’s game.

Eddie Howe will be chuffed by Ryan Fraser injury return

The Magpies face Brentford on Saturday in what will be Howe’s first game as manager.

There is a real buzz among supporters, eager for 2pm to see who is in his first starting XI. It’s probably the most eagerly anticipated teamsheet since…Graeme Jones’ first as interim boss.

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Fraser was involved in Jones’ first starting XI, and he’ll be hoping to be involved in Howe’s. And his return to fitness increases that possibility, even if it may anger those north of the border.

The ex-Bournemouth ace could become a key player for Newcastle. He was excellent at Dean Court under Howe, and will be hoping he can do just as well alongside him at St James’ Park.

If Newcastle do play 4-4-2, then finally we may get to see Fraser in his best position – out wide. Whether it’s on the left or the right, we need to see Fraser using his pace and getting crosses into the box.

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And the wide-man’s return to fitness will be a huge boost for Howe. He’s under a lot of pressure going into his first game as manager.

He’ll want to pick players he can trust to put his instructions into practice. And Fraser will know better than most what is expected from Howe.

With Miguel Almiron yet to return from international duty, Fraser’s fitness boost comes at the perfect time for Newcastle and Howe. Don’t be surprised if the number 21 is in the starting lineup on Saturday afternoon.

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