Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow is back in training.
Taking to his personal Twitter account, Newcastle goalkeeping coach Simon Smith has confirmed that Karl Darlow was back training today, after suffering an injury which has seen Rob Elliot take to the field as the Magpies' only senior stopper.
Great to get back on the grass with @KarlDarlow footwork and handling; 8 sets of 10. No drops! Plus a bit of diving ! Patience !!— simon smith (@simonsmithgk) November 9, 2015
Darlow has played just one game this season, taking to the field for the 4-1 win over Northampton Town in the League Cup, before the 25-year-old injured his ankle back in September.
He has since sat on the sidelines through injury, and has seen third choice supper Elliot become first choice with the injury to Tim Krul also affect the club.
Darlow would be playing with Krul out of action, and he is undoubtedly a better choice to call upon than Elliot, and Smith has confirmed that he has taken to the training pitch today to continue working on his recovery.
There are no indications as to how long Darlow will still be out for, but actual goalkeeping work, rather than just fitness training, suggests that the former Nottingham Forest star is close to a playing return.
With the international break now upon us, it could be that Darlow is ready to take to the field for the Magpies in two weeks time, when Newcastle get back to Premier League action with a game against high-flying Leicester City.