There may finally be a speck of light at the end of the tunnel for Eddie Howe as he looks to welcome back players from injury.
Newcastle United's injury crisis continues as Jamaal Lascelles limped off the field during the 3-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park last night.
That now puts the total to 14 players potentially unavailable which is over half of the squad. However, the fixtures don't stop just because you have injuries and Eddie Howe must continue to field an exhausted team.
Thankfully there could be a couple of names returning to the teamsheet on Sunday according to The Shields Gazette.
Firstly it looks as though whatever was troubling Lascelles last night wasn't serious and isn't going to keep him out of the game on Sunday which is a huge relief.
It's also likely that 26-year-old midfielder Sean Longstaff will be available for selection too. We doubt he'll be thrown straight into the starting XI, but we expect to see him on the bench and will most likely play some part in the game.
There are a few others closing in on returns too with Callum Wilson, Joe Willock and Harvey Barnes expected to play some part in the December fixtures.
Jacob Murphy, Dan Burn and Elliot Anderson are all looking to come back towards the end of January too.
That along with any additions we may bring in during the January transfer window could see things start to pick up before too long.
In fairness, the lads have done excellent all things considered, although there is some justified cause for concern around our away form.
The second half of the season needs to be strong and the more players we have back at full fitness the more likely that will be. We just need to ride this out a bit longer. We can do this!
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