Jonjo Shelvey returns as Newcastle lose behind closed doors friendly to Burnley
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Jonjo Shelvey returns as Newcastle lose behind closed doors friendly to Burnley

Newcastle United’s Jonjo Shelvey has returned to action in a friendly against Burnley after an injury layoff.

The midfielder has been missing all pre-season due to calf problem, with reports earlier in the summer that he could miss the start of the season.

However, it now looks like Shelvey will be fit in time for the return of the Premier League.

The 29-year-old made his comeback on Tuesday afternoon, as Newcastle faced the Clarets in a behind closed doors friendly at Turf Moor.

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Sadly for the Magpies, it ended in a 1-0 defeat with Jay Rodriguez scoring the only goal of the game.

The main positive for Newcastle though was Shelvey’s return. He played the final 30 minutes, replacing Matty Longstaff after an hour.

Shelvey’s return is certainly a boost, as we have missed his passing range during pre-season.

While he is often criticised by Toon fans, there is no one else in this squad who can do what he can with a ball at his feet. However, he needs to perform much better this season.

As well as the disappointing result, there was also no sign of Callum Wilson or Allan Saint-Maximin at Turf Moor. Bruce’s first-choice strike duo missed the game – the second in a row for Wilson, while it was ASM’s third.

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In their place was Joelinton and Joe White.

It’s the second defeat of pre-season for the Magpies, who face Norwich in their final friendly on Sunday.

After that, the Premier League season begins against West Ham. With no new signings and top players missing, the game against the Hammers could be ugly.

But at least Shelvey is back…

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