Peter Beardsley says the plan was to only play Sylvain Marveaux.
Sylvain Marveaux made his comeback for Newcastle's under-21 side in on Monday, featuring in a 1-1 draw with Swansea City.
The winger played for the first half, and did not return for the second, and coach Peter Beardsley has confirmed this was his intention all along.
Newcastle entered the game with a desire for Marveaux to only play as long was he did, rather than withdraw him because he was struggling with fitness, or had suffered another injury.
He told Newcastle's official website: "Sylvain played for 45 minutes, which was always the plan because he'd been out for a while."
Marveuax has struggled with injury ever since signing for Newcastle in 2011 on a five-year deal from Ligue 1 side Rennes.
His contract is up at the end of the season, and fans feel they are yet to really see the best of him on a consistent basis.
In four seasons to date the 29-year-old has played on 57 games for the club, scoring two goals.
The former French under-21 international's latest ailment was a groin problem, and Newcastle are right to take it slowly on integrating him back into the first team set up.
Last season Newcastle sent him out on loan to French side Guingamp, where he played 33 times, scoring three goals in all competitions.