Miguel Almiron back in training as Newcastle United handed a welcome selection headache

Newcastle United welcomed Miguel Almiron back to full training at Benton ahead of the weekend encounter at Burnley to hand Eddie Howe a big boost.

The Paraguay international has missed five matches with a knee injury but looks set to play a part in the crucial run-in with Newcastle on the cusp of a European place. Almiron's return gives Howe a welcome selection headache with Harvey Barnes also fit again and Alexander Isak's partnership with Anthony Gordon blossoming.

Almiron was pictured in training at Newcastle's training ground with Callum Wilson fit again and in good spirits after getting back on the goal trail in the 5-1 win against Sheffield United. Despite seeing his side depleted by injuries this term, Howe now has light at the end of the tunnel.

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The next question for Howe will be when Brazil international Joelinton is available again. A May return was mooted by the club and the midfielder is keen to get back into the action, not least with his country's Copa America campaign in the US just around the corner.

Howe's vice-captain Kieran Trippier is also edging back to fitness but has been in Dubai doing warm weather training. It remains to be seen whether the clash at Turf Moor comes a little early for some of Howe's stars.

But a smiling Almiron was given the thumbs up by fans as they count down the days until the Burnley trip. A total of 2,300 fans will journey down to Lancashire on Saturday for the 3pm kick off.