Steve Bruce has confirmed that DeAndre Yedlin could return against Sheffield United.

The £5 million defender missed the 2-2 draw with Manchester City because of a hip problem, but has trained ahead of the trip to Bramall Lane.

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However, Bruce must resist temptation to recall Yedlin at the first opportunity. Instead, Javi Manquillo deserves his place in the starting XI after his heroics against the champions.

Manquillo has had an up and down Toon career, but he has often proved to be solid defensively. Whether it’s on the left or the right, the Spaniard has been able to do a job.

 

He did more than that on Saturday, holding his own against one of the Premier League’s best in Raheem Sterling.

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It would be unfair to drop him for Yedlin, even if the American’s pace is a huge outlet and gives Newcastle an extra edge going forwards down the right flank.

With the busy fixture schedule continuing, Bruce needs to look after his squad. Rushing Yedlin back would be a risk, especially with Manquillo playing so well in his absence.

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If Bruce wants to play Yedlin against Southampton on Sunday then fair play. He’ll have had a few more training sessions to prove his fitness, while it will allow Bruce to keep his team fresh by making a change.

But against the Blades, Manquillo deserves to keep his place.

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