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Newcastle Team News – Trio to return, January signing ruled out

Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelley is set for a return from injury against Burnley on Saturday reported manager Steve Bruce on the official club website.

Shelvey has missed the last five matches through injury and his return will be a big boost for Bruce ahead of the clash against an in-form Burnley side.

“Jonjo’s trained for the last ten days or so, so it’s good to see him back,” he said. “(Javier) Manquillo’s back, so it’s good to see him back as well.

Full back Javier Manquillo is also available for selection after almost two months out with a hamstring injury.

Bruce expressed his pleasure at the return of the players having spent a large portion of the season under an injury crisis.

“All of a sudden we’ve got probably 20 outfield players to choose from rather than what we did two or three weeks ago with probably 12.”

Emil Krafth may also return after six weeks out with an angle ligament injury for Bruce according to BBC Sport.

However, it isn’t all positive news for Newcastle fans as January signing Valentino Lazaro after he picked up a red card last time out against Crystal Palace.

Andy Carroll and Paul Dummett are absentees for the Tyneside club who are still sidelined with injuries.

The duo was joined in the physio room by defender Ciaran Clark who is set for a sustained spell out after suffering ankle ligament damage against Arsenal two weeks ago.

Bruce expressed his disappointment at Clark’s injury, praising him as “one of the better players” for Newcastle this season.

“We’re just deciding now, in the next week or so, whether he’s going to have the operation or not,” said Bruce. “He’s obviously damaged ankle ligaments badly so the decision is whether to operate or not. I think in the next 48 hours we’ll decide which way we’re going to go.

“I think he’s been excellent this season. It’s been cruel in that respect – with Matt Ritchie (getting injured) from a tackle and a challenge for four months, and now Ciaran and Dummy, unfortunately it’s been never-ending. But it happens – with impact in a game, you can’t legislate for it.

“It’s disappointing for Ciaran – he has been one of our better players this year in my opinion. He’s done very well. It’s bad news for all of us.”

Newcastle head into this fixture in 14th place, seven points clear of the relegation zone while opponents Burnley are in 10th place and are an outside shout for a European spot.

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