Newcastle United star 'confirms' injury return v Nottingham Forest after social media tease

The Newcastle United star has dropped a major hint on social media ahead of the Premier League clash against Nottingham Forest.

Newcastle United are set to have Joelinton available for this afternoon's Premier League clash at home to Nottingham Forest (kick-off 12:30pm).

The Brazilian picked up a hamstring injury in the first half of United's 3-0 win over Fulham, which forced him to miss the Carabao Cup exit to Chelsea and the 1-0 defeat to Luton Town on Saturday.

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Fabian Schar, who suffered a glute issue in the same game, returned and started at Kenilworth Road. And now Joelinton has hinted at a comeback.

The 27-year-old has uploaded a matchday graphic to Instagram, something he hasn't done during his short time out. Indeed, both Sean Longstaff and Sven Botman have also confirmed their respective returns via social media in recent weeks.

Speaking at the weekend, Magpies' boss Eddie Howe revealed Joelinton was close to returning.

Saturday's defeat to Luton saw the Magpies suffer their fourth consecutive Premier League away defeat with only the Hatters and Sheffield United picking up fewer points this season.

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But at St James' Park, Howe's men have been pretty unstoppable.

They've beaten Aston VillaBrentfordBurnleyCrystal PalaceArsenalChelsea and Manchester United. Only Liverpool have prevented United from taking maximum points.

The stark difference between Newcastle's home and away form has put them seventh in the top-flight table but can move one place higher with a win over Forest.

“Regardless of home and away we are desperate for another fixture very quickly and the Luton game to the back of our minds," said Howe.

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“Our home form has been really strong. It is a great environment for us to play and express ourselves.

“It’s a really tough game as well and we are looking forward to it.

“Whenever you play a team that has changed manager that is an interesting dynamic. Potential changes tactically, so we are going to have to be well prepared for the match.”

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