Jonjo Shelvey handed Newcastle manager Steve Bruce a huge boost ahead of this weekend’s trip to Norwich, as he took a full part in training on Wednesday, according to the Chronicle.

The influential midfielder was withdrawn against Arsenal as he struggled with a knock picked up during the game.

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His influence on the side was underlined when his substitution led to utter confusion for his replacement Jetro Willems, who seemed to have no idea where to play.

That was compounded when Willems was at fault for the Arsenal goal just a few minutes later.

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Newcastle did not look the same team after Shelvey departed, and Bruce will have been worried the midfielder may have been unavailable for the game at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Jonjo Shelvey may not have been at Newcastle if Rafa Benitez had stayed

Ironically, had Rafa Benitez stayed on Tyneside, Shelvey may not have been at the club this season, but when fully fit, the former Liverpool man is crucial to the side.

 

He also provides an experienced head for his young midfield teammates Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden, with him showing his leadership qualities, by often having a quiet word in the ears of the pair.

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If he proves to be fit enough to start on Saturday he could well line up in an unchanged side, but after stinging criticism of his selection on the bench against Arsenal, it will be interesting to see if Bruce names a midfielder as substitute.

He blamed illness and injury to his starting centre-backs for the lack of a midfield option in the squad, but it still seemed nonsensical to not have every position covered.

The game against the newly promoted Canaries will be a big test for Newcastle, and with a fully fit Shelvey in the team, the chances of a win will increase significantly.

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