Newcastle United player makes return - less than a week after Eddie Howe confirmed injury

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The Newcastle United January signing has been spotted in training.

Newcastle United right-back Harrison Ashby has made a return to training after recovering from a minor hamstring injury.

The 21-year-old joined from West Ham United on January transfer deadline day but is yet to be named in the Magpies’ matchday squad.

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Ashby arrived on Tyneside short of match fitness and sharpness having made just two senior appearances this season - both coming in the Europa Conference League.

Newcastle United January signings Harrison Ashby (left) and Anthony Gordon (right). (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)Newcastle United January signings Harrison Ashby (left) and Anthony Gordon (right). (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Newcastle United January signings Harrison Ashby (left) and Anthony Gordon (right). (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

Eddie Howe confirmed on Friday that Ashby had suffered a setback, with a hamstring issue meaning “he hasn’t trained with the group for a few weeks.”

But it appears the Milton Keynes-born defender has returned to training this week after being spotted by the Sky Sports News cameras.

North East reporter Keith Downie did a live piece to camera from the club’s Benton training base on Tuesday morning, and Ashby was on the grass with some of his teammates.

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The players who started Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at St James’ Park underwent work in the gym, though substitutes such as match-winner Miguel Almiron trained outside as normal.

Howe is preparing his side for Friday night’s clash at Nottingham Forest. A win at the City Ground will see United move within one point of fourth place Tottenham Hotspur before their Saturday kick-off away to Southampton.

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