In the latest Newcastle news, midfielder Mikel Merino has pledged to keep working hard in order to win his place back in the side.
The Spaniard joined the club in the summer on loan from Borussia Dortmund and impressed enough to prompt the Magpies to make the deal permanent.
After his promising performances earlier in the campaign, he has found chances hard to come by in recent months, making just two Premier League appearances in 2018.
The form of Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame has been Merino’s main issue but after impressing in a friendly against Royal Antwerp, he could be in line for a recall to face Huddersfield on Saturday.
Rafael Benitez’s men are 3/4 to win the game with Betfair and will be eyeing a potentially vital three points in their quest to avoid Premier League relegation.
Newcastle are currently 13th in the table and have been strong at home in recent months, avoiding defeat in their last five outings at St James’ Park.
The 21-year-old admits he is growing frustrated by his lack of opportunities, although he insists he will not let his grievance hamper the current spirit within the side.
Merino told the Chronicle: “As a player I always want to be involved in every single game and involved in every single minute. The coach always decides who will play.
“But the main thing is if you can’t play is to help the team if every respect we can. If you’re on the bench or not in the squad we must make sure we are a unit.
“We must keep going as there aren’t a lot of matches left to go. We have to take advantage of the community spirit we have to win every game.”
He added: “I want to be part of the thing that is going on here and hope that in the last few games I have my opportunity. I want to help the team in every way I can.”