X

Tuesday 21
May

Newcastle United

Fitness key for Shelvey - Benitez

28th February 2019, 13:48 by James Mason

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez says the only way Jonjo Shelvey gets back into the side is by proving his fitness.

England international Shelvey has been hampered by a thigh injury since the start of the year and his last appearance for the Magpies came in the 2-0 home defeat to Manchester United on January 2.

In the 27-year-old's absence, local star Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden have formed a successful partnership in the heart of midfield and the duo have been key in Newcastle's upturn in form.

Tuesday's 2-0 win against Burnley at St James' Park was the fourth straight home win for the north-east outfit and Shelvey, who has recovered from injury, was not even named on the bench.

Speaking about the midfielder's situation and lack of opportunities, Benitez said the Englishman is in a tricky position right now because he needs to build up his fitness but chances are few and far between.

He told the Northern Echo: "Jonjo needs to prove his match fitness, but match fitness you can only prove by playing games, so it is not easy at the moment."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

More Newcastle United

Newcastle United

Willems confirms Magpies interest

20th May 2019, 09:46

Jetro Willems says Newcastle United are keen on signing him after revealing he wants to leave Eintracht Frankfurt.

Newcastle United

Striker deal off for Baggies

20th May 2019, 07:58

Dwight Gayle will return to Newcastle after West Bromwich Albion revealed they will not sign him on a permanent basis.

Newcastle United

Bentiz talks continue

18th May 2019, 08:46

Manager Rafael Benitez's talks with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley about the future at the club are to continue into the weekend.

Newcastle United

Spezia ace linked with St James' Park switch

17th May 2019, 14:09

Newcastle face serious competition for Salomon Rondon this summer and could turn their attention to Spezia striker David Okereke.

Newcastle United

Longstaff targeted but Magpies set to resist Reds

17th May 2019, 11:59

Newcastle have put a 'not for sale' notice up over Sean Longstaff after it was reported that Manchester United were interested in him.

Newcastle United

Benitez set for showdown talks

16th May 2019, 11:25

Manager Rafael Benitez is set to meet up with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley over the next 48 hours in a bid to decide on his future.

Recent Sport Headlines

Crystal Palace

Palace confirm Wickham extension

21st May 2019, 09:24

Connor Wickham has extended his stay at Crystal Palace until the summer of 2021.

Bayern Munich

City ace could join Bayern

21st May 2019, 09:23

Bayern Munich have a chance of signing Leroy Sane following reports Manchester City could sanction the deal.

Celtic

Bhoys line up Mousset bid

21st May 2019, 09:21

Bournemouth forward Lys Mousset has reportedly emerged as a summer transfer target for Celtic.

Tennis

Murray to miss singles at Wimbledon

21st May 2019, 09:06

Andy Murray says he is not expecting to be fit enough to play in the Wimbledon singles this year.

Everton

Everton target defender swoop

21st May 2019, 07:54

Everton are reported to be leading the race to sign Benfica's in-demand right-back Andre Almeida.

Burnley

Dyche admits transfer concerns

21st May 2019, 07:22

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says he is bracing himself for another tough summer in the transfer market.

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs ace linked with Italy

21st May 2019, 04:54

Tottenham could be ready to cash in on Kieran Trippier, who is wanted by Italian side Napoli, reports have claimed.

Manchester United

United defender bid rejected

21st May 2019, 04:37

Manchester United are reported to have failed with a £95million bid for Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly.