Newcastle duo step up their return to fitness

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim KrulTim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini could play for Newcastle in the Europa League after stepping up their returns to fitness.

Krul has been on the sidelines since he picked up an ankle ligament injury in the first leg of Newcastle’s Europa League win over Metalist Kharkiv last month but is now closing in on a return and could make the quarter-final clash with Benfica.

The Dutch stopper took to Twitter to break the good news of his return and it will give boss Alan Pardew a big lift ahead of a crucial run-in to the season.

“Completed my first full training session today with the lads,” Krul revealed. “Buzzing to be back on the pitch. Proper freezing out there.”

The game against Manchester City will come too soon this weekend but there is a chance he could make the Benfica game and the same can be said of Coloccini following a back injury.

The Argentina defender returned to his homeland for a spell while he recovered from the injury but is now back on Tyneside and could be fit for the first leg against Benfica in Lisbon.

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