Amid all the takeover talk, Newcastle still have nine Premier League games left this season.

And that season is now a step closer to being completed.

The Premier League have announced that ‘contact training’ is now allowed following a vote by shareholders.

Clubs had returned to training last week in small groups for non-contact sessions, but those restrictions are set to be lifted.

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Teams are now allowed to train as a group once again and ‘engage in tackling’, but they must continue to avoid unnecessary contact. Players and staff will continue to be tested twice a week.

This means players will now be able to build up their fitness properly ahead of the season resuming.

 

Newcastle’s last game was a 1-0 win against Southampton back in March, where three points moved the Magpies eight points clear of the relegation zone.

The club’s Premier League future would have looked a lot less secure had Allan Saint-Maximin not netted that winner at St Mary’s. But when Steve Bruce’s side are allowed to return to Premier League action, they should be able to play with a bit more freedom.

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The one thing we do have left to play for is the FA Cup, but nothing has been said about the competition’s future. Newcastle were set to play Manchester City in the quarter final.

But today’s announcement from the Premier League is a big step towards top tier football returning in England.

However, it will likely be a long time before fans are allowed back inside St James’ Park.

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