Photo: Siem de Jong in Newcastle United training ahead of Arsenal clash

Siem de Jong trains with the Newcastle United first team ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash at Arsenal.

Newcastle United attacker Siem de Jong has returned to training ahead of the Premier League clash against Arsenal at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

The Netherlands international has been out of action since September, when he suffered a serious thigh injury and then a collapsed lung.

De Jong has now returned to first-team training and was caught on camera doing the drills his teammate on Friday (see picture to the right).

However, the Dutchman is still not ready to feature in a competitive game, but manager John Carver was still happy to see him do some workout.

"Siem de Jong went outside for the first time today and did a little workout, which was nice to see,” Newcastle’s official website quotes the Englishman as saying.

De Jong moved to Newcastle from Dutch giants Ajax in the summer of 2014 and was supposed to be a key player for the Magpies.

However, the Dutchman has been able to make just two appearances in the Premier League for Newcastle, creating one chance and having a pass accuracy of 85% in the process.

Carver will now hope that De Jong full recovers from his injury in the coming weeks and plays in the Premier League before the end of the season.

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