Newcastle United have been handed a double boost as midfielders Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie have returned to training ahead of the visit of Arsenal this weekend, according to a report on the Chronicle Live.

Englishman Shelvey has missed the last three games with a thigh injury and the Magpies have missed his presence and vision in midfield.

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On the other hand, Ritchie was forced to miss the 2-1 defeat against Manchester City and Scotland’s fixtures during the international break due to a knee injury, but manager Rafa Benitez has admitted that both players are available for selection.

He said:

These kind of weeks are difficult because you have people coming back.

Shelvey and Ritchie are in training. But no big problems

Benitez is not expected to rush Shelvey back into the starting lineup and risk aggravating his injury but with the Toon desperate for their first win of the reason, Benitez may use him.

Ritchie is more likely to come straight back into the starting team and he gives the side more attacking threat with his set-piece deliveries.