Sylvain Marveaux has returned to fitness at the perfect time for Newcastle

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Newcastle winger Marveaux could be ready to break back into the Magpies’ first-team.

Marveaux moved to Newcastle in 2011, but has managed just 57 appearances for the Magpies in his time at the club.

Failing to ever truly impress in the Premier League, the 29-year-old winger was loaned out to French side Guingamp last term, playing well, but the former French youth international found himself struggling back in pre-season this season.

Under a new boss, it was expected the 29-year-old winger would be given more chances to impress, but he suffered an injury which has kept him out of Steve McClaren’s thinking for the opening weeks of the campaign.

However, he is back in training now, and today put in a great performance at Under-21 level in a 1-1 draw with Swansea.

Showing he is close to full fitness, Marveaux played 45 minutes on his return from a groin injury, with McClaren in the stands to see the winger put in a solid display.

Marveaux has been handed a clean slate by McClaren, who is looking to use all the players left over to him, and it appears as if Marveaux could be returning at the perfect time as he looks to resurrect his Newcastle career.

The winger will be set for first-team training, looking to fight his way back into the senior side, and now is a great time to be vying for minutes in the Premier League.

As a winger, Marveaux is competing with Gabriel Obertan and Florian Thauvin for a starting role in McClaren’s set-up, and on current form, it is hard to argue for either of the latter to be in McClaren’s team.

Obertan is just not Premier League quality, whilst Thauvin is undoubtedly a talent, but one who needs time to settle in English football.

Theoretically, Marveaux could walk into the starting XI with no competition, and although his performance was at Under-21 level, he showed that his ability is not lacking.

He might not be ready right now, but with a few more reserve displays to his name as he gets back to match fitness, McClaren could do much worse than call Marveaux into his senior side ahead of his current underperforming players.

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