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Newcastle have finally opted for a major injury boost with a number of players set to return in the coming weeks, with Callum Wilson, Joe Willock and Harvey Barnes all nearing comebacks.

  • Eddie Howe’s side have struggled after losing a number of key players to injury
  • Elliot Anderson, meanwhile, will be out for a bit longer, possibly up to six weeks
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Newcastle United will be boosted by the return of Joe Willock, Callum Wilson, Harvey Barnes and Jacob Murphy in the coming weeks – but Elliot Anderson will need a longer return from a back injury.

Mail Sport understands Willock is ‘two to three weeks’ away from playing again. The midfielder has been out for more than two months after reoccurring with an Achilles problem.

Barnes, who injured his leg in his second start for the Magpies in September, could return ahead of Willock. The £38million winger has worked well of late, but there is also caution given the pain he felt when he initially attempted a comeback in December.

Wilson remains a doubt for next weekend’s FA Cup trip to Fulham, but the calf problem he is nursing is unlikely to keep him out beyond the end of the month. Murphy is perhaps the closest to strengthening Eddie Howe’s squad. He made good progress after surgery on a dislocated shoulder in November.

While scan reports on Anderson’s stress fracture in his back were positive last week, he will need around six weeks to fight his way back into action. Meanwhile, as he confirmed Mail Sport on Thursday, Joelinton is scheduled to undergo season-ending thigh surgery next week.

Newcastle are set to welcome back a number of players from injury in the coming weeks, including Callum Wilson

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However, Elliot Anderson faces a longer spell on the sidelines with six weeks to go until his return.

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Howe will be hoping there are no setbacks for those approaching fitness given the injury problems that have plagued Newcastle’s season. They have lost their last four in the Premier League and have dropped to 10th in the table. The head coach’s most recent benches included more than one goalkeeper and several academy players with little senior experience.

Willock’s comeback in particular is seen as key to easing the pressure on the midfield trio of Bruno Guimaraes, Sean Longstaff and Lewis Miley. Newcastle lacked his running power in a season in which he made just three starts.

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