Eddie Howe has revealed Matt Targett’s half-time substitution against Tranmere Rovers was pre-planned.
Targett played the opening 45 minutes before being replaced by Jamal Lewis for the second-half - his first appearance since December 2021.
Many feared Targett’s withdrawal was injury-related, however, Magpies head coach Howe confirmed the 26-year-old come through unscathed.
The former Aston Villa full-back watched on as Chris Wood netted a 52nd-minute winner from Kieran Trippier’s in-swinging corner.
Targett is set to be in contention to start against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday as Dan Burn recovers from a concussion.
The full-back hadn’t missed a game for Newcastle since joining on loan in January before making his stay permanent this summer in a deal worth £15million.